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On Tap for Texas Newsrooms Dec. 17th: Master Storyteller Boyd Huppert

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed and challenged the way broadcast journalists have traditionally gathered their stories. Broadcasters have shown a remarkable display of ingenuity in 2020, not just technically, but also in story topics and content.

TAB has been there with broadcast newsrooms, presenting a series of free webinars in place of our in-person annual newsroom conference, the Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop. The webinars have assisted and challenged broadcast journalists to be their best in our current pandemic environment.

There’s still time to register for TAB’s final newsroom session of 2020, Storytelling in a COVID World, on Thursday, Dec.17, at 11 AM CT.

Learn how you can produce impactful journalism in our current situation, from one of our profession’s best storytellers.

KARE-TV’s Boyd Huppert, a nationally known, multiple EMMY and Murrow award-winning reporter, will present the 60-minute session. 

The well-respected Huppert has presented at the annual TAB newsroom event several times.

His stories are powerful glimpses into the lives and relationships of everyday Americans.

Just like other broadcast journalists, Huppert has had to adapt to our current COVID situation, and he’s figured out how to turn current newsgathering obstacles into opportunities, producing many memorable stories this year.

Huppert recently picked up regional EMMY awards for two stories he compiled while sitting at his kitchen table. 

This session will focus on well-crafted storytelling but will show journalists how to lean more heavily on the tools available. 

Previous TAB newsroom Webinars Available for Viewing
TAB has archived online its previous 2020 newsroom webinars on TAB’s Vimeo page

Sessions include:

  • Covering the 87th Texas Legislature, featuring TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez and Michael Schneider
  • MMJ Skills in COVID Times, featuring Brendan Keefe, WXIA-TV
  • Being Fair and Holding Law Enforcement Accountable, featuring former RTDNA Chairman Kevin Benz of Kevin Benz News
  • Practicing Inclusive Journalism and Using Empathy, featuring Benz and nationally-recognized empathy trainer Sara Fahim of Run with the Wolves.
  • Journalist Stress and Trauma in COVID Times, featuring the Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins and licensed clinical therapist Sidney Tompkins.
    Journalists can download a pdf with Al and Sidney’s tips for self-care here
  • Writing and Speaking for Broadcast, featuring award-winning KNSD-TV MMJ Joe Little. 

This session is archived separately online here

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

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