2019 TV Power Reporting Academy

TV Power Reporting Academy

Deadline
August 16, 2019
Teaching Date
Sept. 10 - Oct. 8 (In-Person at Poynter Sept. 27-28-29)
Location
Hybrid Teaching: Online and In-Person
Cost
$449

Some of the biggest names in local and network television journalism are graduates from our TV Power Reporting Academy. Our alumni include John Larson, Boyd Huppert, Byron Pitts, Katie Couric, Stuart Watson, Byron Harris and Roberta Baskin. Now, it’s your turn to gain the skills, strategy and confidence to elevate your career in broadcast.

Power Reporting is one of Poynter’s signature seminars, and our 2019 academy will once again be led by senior faculty for broadcast and online, Al Tompkins. For more than 25 years, TV reporters, photojournalists, visual journalists and multimedia journalists have relied on Poynter to build their reporting, writing and ethical decision-making skills.

During this hybrid online and in-person training, you will get individual feedback on your work, hone your critical thinking and learn to find the stories that others miss. When you’re done, you’ll have a toolkit full of practical skills and a roadmap to move your career ahead. Here’s what one attendee said:

“I think that my attending this workshop will help my newsroom as a whole. For one thing, it gives me a bit more gravitas. Everyone was eager to hear what I’d learned, and when I suggested to my boss a different way of handling a story (by trying to find people affected by the issue instead of just getting a quote from an official), he agreed, even though it will take longer. So, WIN!”
 

Instructors

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    Al Tompkins

    Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

    The Poynter Institute

What you’ll learn

  • How to write clearer, stronger stories—finding your focus, building to big surprises and more
  • What every reporter needs to know about lighting, motion, sequences, action/reaction and cameras
  • How to be a story idea machine and how you can never be without a pitch
  • How to get beyond announcements, fake claims and spins
  • The Tough Calls Toolbox: Practical ethics when you are tight on time
  • How to include new voices and see new parts of your community that are seldom covered
  • How you can grow in your newsroom and organization and create a roadmap to move your career ahead

What they say

“I got investigative tools that didn’t exist when I got started and which I haven’t found on my own. Having never done a live performance as a journalist, the tips and feedback I got will help me as I develop in my career.”

“The (Social Media) session was eye-opening. I had the notion that I was good at using social media as a research tool. What I learned not only shows how much more one can do than what I’ve been doing but how much more one can do than I even knew could be done.”

Schedule

Week One: (September 10, live class at noon EST)

  • Finding the lead and focus of your story
  • Story shapes; What goes first, and why
  • Building to the big surprises
  • How breaking news writing is different

Week Two: (September 17, live class at noon EST)

  • The eight BIG motivators to make every story more interesting
  • Building memorable characters
  • How to write in active voice every time (and why it matters to your journalism)
  • How to avoid clichés and muddy modifiers
  • Capturing sound bites that sing
  • The importance of natural sound

Week Three at Poynter, St. Petersburg, Florida: (September 27-28-29, 2019)

  • What every MMJ/VJ reporter needs to know about photojournalism, lighting, motion, sequences, action/reaction and your camera
  • How to be a Story Idea Machine (never be without a pitch)
  • How to “Think Critically” and get beyond announcements, fake claims and spins
  • The Tough Calls Toolbox: practical ethics when you are tight on time
  • How to use FOIA laws and public databases to find stories others miss
  • How to be a mobile and social media superstar and drive viewers to your stories
  • How to talk with kids, crime victims and other vulnerable people
  • 30 Minutes of Fame: In-person focused feedback on your work including on-camera performance as well as journalism and storytelling content
  • Amazingly cool online tools and apps (learn to capture 360-degree interactive photos, build edited videos on your phone, produce animated gifs on your phone and more. Every tool is free and takes less than two minutes to use.)
  • How to be a social media superstar
  • How to effectively move your TV reporting to online

Please note - this is a sample list and subject to change.

Week Four: (October 1, live class at noon EST)

  • In this TWO-hour session, we will focus on Stand-ups and Teases. You will submit examples of stand-ups and teases and the seminar group will offer feedback on your work.

Week Five: (October 8, live class at noon EST)

  • Your road ahead: you will interview your bosses to get insight on how you can grow in your newsroom and organization.
  • You will draft a plan of action to move your career ahead. We will be right there with you.

Who will benefit

TV reporters and VJ/MMJ/backpack journalists for television, as well as college educators and international journalists. This seminar also is perfect for photojournalists who want to learn to write and report.

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation or reference is required. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interests and basic demographic information.

Cost

The cost of the academy is $449, which includes tuition for the four-week online group seminar and in-person training at Poynter. Travel to and from St. Petersburg and your hotel is on your own, but we have arranged for discounted hotel accommodations. 

Questions?

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at seminars@poynter.org.

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