The TV Power Reporting Academy (B402-14)
This online group seminar has an in-person component.
Poynter’s TV Power Reporting seminar has helped hundreds of careers in broadcast journalism, and in 2014, we make this seminar more affordable and easier to access than ever.
We’re combining the best of online learning with in-person coaching and mentoring to help you tell stronger stories and make those tough calls on deadline.
In the online seminar, Poynter’s Al Tompkins will guide you through weekly live discussions and feedback on your work. You’ll also come to Poynter on Sept. 12-14 for three days of in-person coaching from Poynter faculty and your colleagues.
When you’re done, you’ll have a toolkit full of new skills and a road map to move your career ahead.
Week One: (August 19)
- Finding the lead and focus of your story
- What goes first, and why
- Building to the big surprises
- How breaking news writing is different
Week Two: (August 26)
- How to write in active voice every time (and why it matters to your journalism)
- How to avoid clichés and muddy modifiers
- Capturing soundbites that sing
- The importance of natural sound
While At Poynter (Week Three, September 12-14)
- Building memorable characters
- What every reporter needs to know about lighting, motion, sequences, action/reaction and cameras
- 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
- What every journalist should know about Guns, Ammo and gun laws
- 30 Minutes of Fame - In person focused feedback on your work including on-camera performance as well as journalism and storytelling content
Week Four (September 20)
- Who do we cover, who do we ignore? A content audit on who and what you cover and why
- You will learn how to include new voices and see new parts of your community that are seldom covered
Week Five (September 30)
- 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.
Every week, we will ask you to post at least one story you did recently so we can give you feedback on your work and your classmates can give you feedback as well.
What Will I Learn:
• How to writer 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 road map to move your career ahead