Poynter Producer Project (PrdPrjct-14)
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Making stories work involves more than just teases and live shots. This unique seminar will help you expand your expertise as a TV producer with new writing, storytelling, coaching and ethical decision-making skills.
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 portion of this seminar, Poynter’s Al Tompkins will guide you through weekly readings, activities and live group discussions. You’ll also come to Poynter on April 11-13 for two days of in-person coaching and feedback.
Throughout this course, you’ll gain practical and creative ideas to share with your colleagues and a new energy to bring to your work.
Each week of the online course will take about four hours, including weekly live discussions and one-on-one coaching sessions. You’ll also come to Poynter on April 11-13 for a weekend of in-person coaching and feedback.
This $1,099 seminar is just $299 thanks to the support of the Scripps Howard Foundation. Note that tuition does not include travel and hotel for the in-person segment of the seminar April 11-13.
We have broken the course into five parts. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we will cover:
Part 1: (online, week of March 24) Finding focus, story shapes and optimizing your storytelling
Part 2: (online, week of March 31) Story motivators and visual storytelling
Part 3 (at Poynter, April 11-13 with online follow-up): Dealing with ethics, managing others and storytelling beyond TV
Part 4: (online, week of April 21) Uncovering story ideas and getting past old ideas
Part 5: (online, week of April 28) Developing a career path, exploring ratings and uncovering new income opportunities
During each week of the online portion of the course, you’ll join live discussions every week, and Al will have office hours to discuss your work one-on-one. Can’t attend the live sessions? We’ll make replays available of all the live events.
In the midst of the course, April 11-13, you’ll come to Poynter for a weekend of coaching, where you’ll meet your online classmates and instructors and learn from one another.
See a sample schedule.
What Will I Learn:
• How to find stories that others miss
• How to find a focus for your story
• A framework for making ethical decisions on deadline
• How to write clear, clean copy
• Techniques for managing peers, managers and subordinates
Thanks to the support of the Scripps Howard Foundation, tuition covers the online and in-person learning, plus a copy of Aim for the Heart: Write, Shoot, Report and Produce for TV and Multimedia. (Note that travel and hotel are not included in the seminar tuition.)