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Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop

Thanks to everyone who joined us this year! Bookmark this page and check back soon for information on next year's workshop.


Saturday, October 15, 2016 | Fort Worth

Online registration is closed.

Getting Started
  • Most broadcast news professionals in Texas work at a TAB Member Station. If you do not know your station's membership status, contact registration@tab.org before registering, and we will let you know.
  • Students do NOT need to be TAB Members to register at the Student rate.
  • Members of the Golden Mic Club and TAB Individual Members may register at member rates.
  • Educators can register at the Professional Member rate if their school is a TAB Member or by joining as an Individual Member.
Registration Fees
  • TAB Member - Professional Registrant: $70 ($95 after 9/30/2016)
  • Non-Member - Professional Registrant: $135 ($160 after 9/30/2016)
  • Student Registrant: $30 ($55 after 9/30/2016)
Payment Policies
  • ADVANCE PAYMENT IS REQUIRED!
  • Payment must be received within 10 business days or registration will be canceled
  • Cancellations must be received in writing and received by September 30 to be eligible for a refund
  • $25 administrative fee will be applied to all refunds
  • No refunds after September 30
  • Station/company/individual will be responsible for amount owed - NO EXCEPTIONS
  • If you would like to pay with Bonner Credit - choose "Pay by Check" and email registration@tab.org to let us know
2016 Schedule *
Time/Location Event

8:30-8:45 am

IntroductionsOR-DH-PS
Oscar Rodriguez, Texas Association of Broadcasters, Austin; Diana Heidgerd, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, Dallas; Phyllis Slocum, Lone Star Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and University of North Texas, Denton

8:45-10:15 am

Red Oak Ballroom - A

Opening Session: Journalists as Sense-MakersAl Tompkins
Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

Critical thinking is probably the most important skill any journalist can possess. It will separate you from everyone else who just parrots what they’re told by the “experts”, “PIOs” and “officials." In our opening session for the day, Al Tompkins will teach you how to be a better critical thinker and a better journalist because of it. Learn how to X-ray studies and polls, as well as detect weasel words.  Learn how “dark money” works. Learn the single biggest mistake journalists make when reporting polls. What are the telltale signs that a study is nonsense? Tompkins will show you how to find the truth.

10:30-11:45 am

Sage Room

Better Broadcast WritingDeborah Potter
Deborah Potter, NewsLab, Washington, D.C.

You want your stories to be meaningful and memorable, but sometimes they fall short. Really short. Could it be that the writing is too flabby to make an impression? This session will teach you how to write leaner and cleaner.  Put your broadcast writing on a diet and improve your stories overnight!

10:30-11:45 am

Red Oak Ballroom - A

Al's Jaw-Droppingly Cool Online and Mobile ToolsAl Tompkins
Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

Get ready for a fast moving romp through the latest and ever-evolving list of awesome apps and websites.  Bring your iPhone, iPad, whatever you use to get online because this session will be packed with tools you will use in your journalism as soon as you leave this session. You will learn how to make interactive graphics on your phone.  How to create EDITED standups with b-roll. Turn your smartphone into a 360 VR camera. And much, much more.  Nearly everything you will learn you will be able to accomplish in two minutes or less, with no coding skills, for free.

10:30-11:45 am

Live Oak Room

Newsroom Law 101MS-MF-TW

Michael Schneider, Texas Association of Broadcasters, Austin; Marc Fuller, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Dallas; Tom Williams, Haynes Boone LLP, Fort Worth

This is a rare opportunity to get your newsroom related legal questions answered by some of Texas’ top media law attorneys.  Get answers to your questions about invasion of privacy, trespassing/undercover reporting, liability of using information from Facebook and much, much more.

This session will also review the basics of several laws which TAB helped pass in the Texas Legislature: Free Flow of Information Act (shield law), Citizen Participation Act (anti-SLAPP law), and Defamation Mitigation Act (uniform retractions and corrections law.)

12 noon-1:15 pm

Worthington Hotel, Rio Grande Ballroom

 

Lone Star EMMY® Circles Induction Ceremony LuncheonNATAS Logo

The Lone Star EMMY® Chapter is proud to sponsor TAB’s Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop.  During the Circles Induction Ceremony Luncheon, the Lone Star EMMY® Chapter will present the Student Production Awards, College Scholarships and four Silver Circle Awards, recognizing achievements of those who have given 25+ years to the broadcast industry.

The Lone Star EMMY® Chapter is proud to honor:

  • Kenny Boles - News Director, KLTV-TV Tyler-Longview and KTRE-TV Lufkin-Nacogdoches
  • John Jenkins - News Operations Manager, KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth
  • George Riba - Retired, WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Tim Smith - Chief Meteorologist, KRGV-TV Rio Grande Valley

The Lone Star EMMY® Chapter thanks you for being a part of this special event.

1:30-2:30 pm

Live Oak Room

Stories and Advice from the Silver Circle Awardeesee-kb-jj-gr-ts
Evelyn Escamilla, Lone Star Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Verve Media, Harlingen; Kenny Boles, KLTV-TV Tyler-Longview and KTRE-TV Lufkin-Nacogdoches; John Jenkins, KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth; George Riba, WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth (retired); Tim Smith, KRGV-TV Rio Grande Valley

In this moderated discussion, the NATAS Lone Star Chapter’s Silver Circle Award winners discuss their careers in broadcasting and offer their thoughts and advice to those seeking careers in the industry.

1:30-2:30 pm

Sage Room

Ethical Journalism at Warp SpeedDeborah Potter

Deborah Potter, NewsLab, Washington, D.C.

From Dallas to Orlando to Kalamazoo, mass shootings have tested journalism ethics. What do you report and when do you report it? How do you verify information when events are moving fast and even official sources can be wrong?  Deborah Potter explores best practices for newsrooms to use when reporting the big story as it is breaking.

1:30-2:30 pm

Red Oak Ballroom - A

How to be a Social Media NinjaAl Tompkins

Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

Your newsroom wants you to be a social media star, but your main job is producing stories for broadcast. So how can you do both without shortchanging either? First, you have to understand how social media works-what does success look like and why is it important in the first place? Facebook, for example, is constantly changing its rules. Come get up-to-date on how to score in social media. Learn how to do it with the least effort and maximum effect.

1:30-2:30 pm

Cypress Room

How to Use FOI Laws and Overcome Request RoadblocksBC-HC-EP

Brian Collister, KXAN-TV Austin;Heather Coghlan, Jackson Walker LLP, Dallas; Eva Parks, KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth

Veteran investigative journalists Brian Collister and Eva Parks, as well as media law/TPIA specialist Heather Coghlan, will review the process for requesting information under the Texas Public Information Act and federal Freedom of Information Act. These laws can be used to turn all kinds of enterprise stories as well as add context to a big breaking story. Collister, Parks and Coghlan will also explore what to do when you encounter governmental roadblocks to accessing information as well as how recent court cases are hindering journalists in their open records requests.

2:40-3:40 pm

Red Oak Ballroom - A

Write TightAl Tompkins

Al Tompkins, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

Time is the currency of broadcast reporting, so we have to make the most of every precious moment. In this session Al Tompkins will explore how natural sound does not cost you time – it can be a powerful tool that saves you lines of copy. You will learn how to keep opening live standups from becoming an echo of what the anchor just said or worse, a flat-out waste of time. You will learn how to make your narration work seamlessly with the video you are using. This session will be practical, fast moving and interactive.

2:40-3:40 pm

Sage Room

Reporting for Multimedia SuccessDeborah Potter

Deborah Potter, NewsLab, Washington, D.C.

Today's journalists can't focus on just one platform for delivering the news. Deborah Potter will show you how to think strategically to ensure the right content is collected and stories are produced in ways that are best suited to each platform, from broadcast to online to social.

2:40-3:40 pm

Cypress Room

The Skills of an Award Winnerbo-lp

Bill Oliver, WTAW Bryan-College Station; L.P. Phillips, KRLD Dallas-Fort Worth

There are standout reporters in every market – those general assignment folks who always seem to find “that brilliant angle” that no one else found. They’re also the same folks who seem to be recognized with regularity when the awards season arrives. TAPB and Murrow award winners Oliver and Phillips will tell you it is part mind-set, part technique and sometimes, a little luck too.  Learn what it takes to be a market standout from some of the best in Texas.

3:55-5 pm

Live Oak Room

How NOT to Get a Job in Broadcast Newsms-sb-kb-bo-mt

Michael Schneider, Texas Association of Broadcasters;  Samuel Belilty, KUVN-TV Dallas-Fort Worth; Kenny Boles, KLTV-TV Tyler-Longview and KTRE-TV Lufkin-Nacogdoches; Bill Oliver, WTAW Bryan-College Station; Matt Thomas, KRLD-AM Dallas-Fort Worth

In this frank and “no-holds barred” moderated session, broadcast news managers offer their advice on the don’ts AND the do’s when looking for that first job in broadcast news. There also will be tips for getting that second or third job.

Questions? Contact TAB's Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

* Schedule subject to change; more sessions coming soon

Parking Information

Download parking map

The Norris Conference Center validates FREE parking for Sundance Square Garages 1, 2, and 3, as well as the open lot at Fourth and Houston. These are located at:

  • Garage 1 - 201 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Garage 2 - 401 Calhoun Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Garage 3 - 335 W. 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Open Lot - 201 W. 4th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Bring your parking ticket with you for validation! Lots marked "Paid Parking" or parking garages not listed above cannot be validated and are not free for workshop attendees.