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Nov. 7 newsroom workshop to cover tough topics, storytelling, producing and investigative techniques

A little less than four weeks remain until TAB’s annual Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Austin.  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.  

This year’s workshop will feature the nationally acclaimed storytelling duo of Boyd Huppert and Jonathan Malat from KARE-TV in Minneapolis.  Huppert was just presented his 14th 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.  Huppert and Malat will present a special two-part afternoon presentation on mastering storytelling skills. They will also present sessions individually on better broadcast news writing, video journalism techniques and use of social media to attract and keep audiences.

Register now for the largest Texas broadcast newsroom workshop of the year!

TAB member station employee registration is just $70 and includes lunch.  

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lone Star Chapter, has sold out the event hotel block, but special Emmy hotel rates are still available at the Courtyard Marriott downtown ($249) or the Aloft Hotel north of downtown ($179)

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.  

The opening session of the workshop will explore reporting on stories in which race is a key component.

Past RTDNA chairman Kevin Benz of i-Media Strategies, and Deborah Potter, of the nationally-acclaimed NewsLab share lessons learned and brainstorm ways that newsrooms can build capacity for better coverage. 

KVUE-TV Reporter Andy Pierotti will use this year’s George Foster Peabody Award winner, The Cost of Troubled Minds, to explore the societal impact of mental illness, a largely untold but major story in any market.   

Pierrotti and mental health advocate Karen Ranus of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will shed light on reporting resources and potential story ideas that Texas newsrooms can tackle with respect and impact.   

Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, a perennial favorite at the workshop, is back again to 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.

Several standout investigative reporters and producers from Texas broadcast newsrooms will present sessions showcasing investigative techniques and the use of Texas’ public information laws.

Other topics to be presented at the workshop include:

  • critical thinking skills
  • use of social media in journalism
  • effective interviewing techniques
  • tips for telling non-visual stories
  • enterprise reporting: finding the stories and information others miss
  • Texas’ newsgathering-related laws
  • six steps to stronger stories
  • ethical decision making in a social media world
  • developing and maintaining sources
  • and much more!

There are also three sessions of interest to your station’s newsroom interns interested in landing a job in the broadcast news industry.

Check out the full schedule

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

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