TV Power Reporting Academy (2017)
“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 tho it will take longer. So, WIN!”
Some of the biggest names in local and network television journalism are graduates from the Poynter Institute’s Power Reporting seminar. Our graduates include John Larson, Boyd Huppert, Byron Pitts, Katie Couric, Stuart Watson, Byron Harris and Roberta Baskin. Now, it’s your turn.
For 18 years, The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins has led this seminar that is a bedrock for Poynter teaching. You will get feedback on your work, will sharpen your writing and storytelling skills, learn how to enterprise stories and look beyond the obvious, tired ways of covering daily news. Of course, Poynter focuses on ethical decision-making skills and adding diverse voices to stories.
We keep things practical, usable and affordable.
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. 8-10 for three days of in-person coaching from Poynter faculty and your colleagues. Travel to and from St. Petersburg and your hotel is on your own, but we have arranged for discounted hotel accommodations.
When you’re done, you’ll have a toolkit full of new skills and a road map to move your career ahead.
We have broken the course into five parts. Here’s what we will cover:
Week One: (Aug. 22)
- 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: (Aug. 29)
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 soundbites that sing
- The importance of natural sound
Week Three at Poynter, St. Petersburg, Florida: (Sept. 8-10)
- 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: (Sept. 19)
- 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: (Sept. 26)
- 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.
- 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 road map to move your career ahead
“I got investigative tools that didn’t exist when I got started and which I haven’t found on my own. Having never done 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.”
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.
The application is available through Poynter News University.
Apply by our early-bird deadline of July 21 and you will pay just $449.
Apply after our early-bird deadline and the price is $499.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Some of our members receive discounts on Poynter training. Not a member yet? Learn more about our Poynter Prepared Membership Program and find the plan that’s right for you. (Note that travel and hotel are not included in the seminar tuition.)