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Deadline to register for Nov. 7 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop this week!


More than 140 broadcasters are coming to TAB’s Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Austin and there's still time to register!

The fee for TAB members is just $70/person and includes lunch.  

This year’s seminar coincides with the Lone Star Emmy Awards dinner, a separate evening event that takes place at the same location, the new downtown JW Marriott hotel.  

In all, there are more than 20 sessions being presented at the day-long workshop which will end just before the Emmy Awards gala happy hour.  

This year’s workshop will feature the nationally acclaimed storytelling duo of Boyd Huppert and Jonathan Malat from KARE-TV in Minneapolis. 

Huppert is 14-time winner of the national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. 

Malat is a three-time winner of the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year award. 

The duo will present a special two-part afternoon presentation on mastering storytelling skills. 

Huppert and Malat will also present sessions individually on better broadcast news writing, video journalism techniques and use of social media to attract and keep audiences.

Investigative reporting techniques will also be highlighted at the workshop.

The seminar’s investigative showcase will feature Crystal Ayala, KTMD-TV Houston; Brian Collister, KXAN-TV Austin; and Jeremy Rogalski, KHOU-TV Houston, discussing their techniques and investigative reporting strategies.

All three have won multiple awards for their investigative reporting.

KVUE-TV reporter Andy Pierotti will discuss how investigative techniques were used to produce this year’s George Foster Peabody Award winner, The Cost of Troubled Minds.

Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute will present four different topics, including an afternoon session specifically designed to help newscast producers hone their news copy, story teases and newscast stacking and flow.

NewsLab’s Deborah Potter will present the opening session with RTDNA past chairman Kevin Benz to explore the challenge of reporting on stories when race is a key component.

Potter will also present sessions on key steps of effective storytelling, best use of social media and effective political reporting.

Benz will present sessions on ethical decision making and being an effective employee within a newsroom.

Other topics to be presented at the workshop include:

  • critical thinking skills
  • Federal and Texas laws affecting newsrooms
  • use of social media to recruit audiences
  • effective interviewing techniques
  • tips for telling non-visual stories
  • enterprise reporting: finding the stories and information others miss
  • developing and maintaining sources

Check out the full schedule at topics!

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

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