Virtual TV Power Reporting

DEADLINE: May 21, 2020
TEACHING DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 2-25, 2020
COST: $99 ($550)

Members of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA are eligible for scholarships to cover 50% of costs thanks to the generous support of CNN.

When the going gets tough, it is time for reporters to power-up their skills.

For 2020, Poynter will be offering a super-charged, fully-online version of a flagship Poynter seminar. By conducting this training virtually, we have attracted one of the largest and most powerful lineups of guest faculty we have ever offered in a TV Power Reporting seminar, including duPont, Peabody and national Emmy award-winners from local and network news.

Our instructors will help you adapt to the new realities of filing stories with limited access during the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare you for the work ahead in what may be a forever changed work environment.

In addition to eight one-hour seminars with an outstanding faculty, all participants will receive 30 minutes of one-on-one coaching with one of our instructors.

When you’re done, you’ll have a toolkit full of practical skills and a roadmap to tell better stories, engage audiences and move your career forward.


Live teaching dates:

Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2020 at noon Eastern

Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2020 at noon Eastern

We strongly encourage everyone to join the live teaching sessions so they can interact with instructors and fellow classmates. We understand this is not always possible. If you’re unable to attend a live session, a recording will be available within 48 hours of the live session.

Course learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Effectively tell complicated visual and non-visual stories for TV
  2. Techniques to gather information from interviewees even when they are reluctant to talk
  3. Conduct ethical decision-making on a deadline
  4. Demonstrate principles of photojournalism in your work and communicate and collaborate with photojournalists
  5. Produce powerful and memorable stories that engage audiences

Who should take this course?

Journalists at any skill level will benefit from this seminar, from seasoned pros who need to sharpen their skills to newer reporters who want to grow their skills.

This seminar is aimed at TV reporters, field producers, MMJs/VJs and photojournalists who want to improve their writing, reporting and enterprise skills. We welcome print, radio and online journalists who want to learn the craft of broadcast reporting. We also welcome journalism educators and high-performing students.


Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

Al Tompkins

Broadcast Faculty
Poynter Institute

Boyd Huppert

Boyd Huppert


Brendan Keefe

Brendan Keefe

Chief Investigator
11 Alive Atlanta at WXIA

CBS National News Correspondent Byron Pitts. Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2007 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

Byron Pitts

ABC’s Nightline

chris vanderveen

Chris Vanderveen

Director of Reporting
9News Denver KUSA

nancy amons

Nancy Amons

News4 Investigates WSMV

anne herbst

Anne Herbst

Director of Visual Journalism
9News Denver KUSA


Ramón Escobar

Vice President Talent Recruitment and Development


Thanks to support from CNN, we are pleased to offer this course for $99. Members of AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA and NLGJA  are eligible for scholarships to cover 50% of costs.

Additionally, if you are a journalist who is under significant economic pressure due to a layoff or furlough, we want to support your professional growth. Tell us in a sentence or two on the application what help you need with the $99 tuition. CNN’s grant allows us to be compassionate to journalists in need.

After your application is accepted, you will be sent a unique link to pay for Virtual TV Power Reporting. In some cases, you will also receive a scholarship or coupon code to apply at checkout. Please make sure that you use your personal login information during the checkout process so that you will have access to the online course material; if someone else will be supplying payment (your news director, for example), please work directly with to submit payment.