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Big crowd expected for TAB’s annual newsroom workshop on Oct. 15

More than 120 broadcasters have registered for the 2016 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Fort Worth at the Norris Conference Center.

There is still time to sign up for TAB’s annual newsroom workshop, the largest and most comprehensive professional seminar for broadcast journalists in Texas or in the region.

The seminar takes place during the day and the 2016 Lone Star EMMY® awards dinner takes place that night at the Worthington Hotel, just a half block away.  

Sponsors of this year’s workshop include the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and the Lone Star Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

TAB member station employee registration is just $95.

Students can attend the workshop for just $55.

All registrations include lunch.


Nationally-known newsroom trainers Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute and Deborah Potter of NewsLab are the featured presenters.

Outstanding Texas radio and TV professionals and Texas media law experts will also present sessions. 

Tompkins will lead the opening program, an exploration of critical thinking skills that every journalist must employ in order to do their job well.

His other presentations will focus on better writing for on-air and online reporting, new “cool tools” journalists can use to investigate and tell a story with depth, and using social media to best effect to tell stories and recruit audiences.

Potter’s featured session will look at making the best journalistic and ethically-defensible decisions when the big story breaks.

She will use examples from Texas and elsewhere to illustrate best practices to employ when a major story is unfolding.

Her other programs will look at how to think strategically to ensure the right content is collected and stories are produced in ways that are best suited to all platforms – broadcast, online and social media.

Potter is known for teaching journalists how to write their best be it for on-air or online publication.

She will present one of her famous broadcast writing skills sessions at the workshop.

Texas broadcast news and legal professionals will also present programs on topics such as:

  • compelling storytelling
  • effective interviewing techniques
  • tips for telling non-visual stories
  • enterprise reporting: finding the stories and information others miss
  • Texas’ newsgathering-related laws
  • investigative journalism
  • developing and maintaining sources
  • and much more!

More than a dozen sessions are geared to the working professional, but two additional workshop sessions will specifically assist students with their industry job searching.

Questions? Contact TAB or call (512) 322-9944.

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