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Register Now for Nov. 16 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop in Arlington

TAB’s annual Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop, the largest and longest-running regional broadcast newsroom workshop in the U.S., takes place Saturday, Nov. 16 at Live! At Loews in Arlington.

That’s the same hotel and date as that night’s Lone Star EMMY® Awards gala.

Five nationally known newsroom trainers and several of Texas’ best broadcast journalists will present nearly 20 information-packed sessions at the day-long workshop.

View schedule and register here

Newsroom pros from TAB member stations and students from Texas colleges and universities can attend the workshop for an early-bird registration rate of just $25 which includes lunch.

The rate increases to $45 after Nov. 4.

Featured Sessions
Former CBS network correspondent Deborah Potter is back this year with three new sessions – Accountability in the Misinformation Age, News with Numbers, and What are We Missing?

The latter two sessions will cover how to report stories in which numbers are key, as well as 10 questions journalists need to ask to make their story stand out. 

Potter will be joined by local DFW broadcast journalists for a session on holding the powerful accountable – Julie Fine, KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth; Andrew Greenstein, KRLD-AM Dallas-Fort Worth; and Jason Whitely, WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth.

KXAS-TV political reporter Fine hosts the Lone Star Politics program.  KRLD Tarrant Co. bureau chief Greenstein covers the Fort Worth City Council, Fort Worth ISD and Tarrant Co. Commissioners Ct.  WFAA-TV senior reporter Whitely hosts the Inside Texas Politics program. 

A longtime audience favorite at TAB’ newsroom seminar, Potter is co-author of Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World.

Acclaimed reporter Boyd Huppert of KARE-TV Minneapolis-St. Paul, a winner of nearly 20 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, including one this year, will present a special two-hour session on storytelling technique.

Huppert is a master of capturing and holding an audience’s attention with his reporting and he is adept at showing others how they can improve their storytelling to do the same.

Huppert will also a present a master class on broadcast news writing.

One of Huppert’s frequent KARE-TV collaborators, video journalist Chad Nelson, will assist in the story telling session by showing attendees how reporter and photographer can thoughtfully interact in the field to compile the elements of a memorable story.

Nelson, the 2018 NPPA Photographer of the Year, will pair up with this year’s NPPA Photographer of the Year award, Brandon Mowry of WFAA-TV, to present a master class on video journalism best practices.

This session will benefit video journalists, MMJ’s and reporters seeking to improve the look and sound of their stories.

Longtime Texas journalist Sandra Gonzalez, a computer-assisted reporting trainer for the Society of Professional Journalists, will present three sessions thanks to a special partnership between SPJ and the Google News Initiative.

One session will focus on using the advanced capabilities of Google to enterprise new stories and add context and other elements to existing reporting.

Another session will show attendees how to use Google Trends to identify and enterprise story ideas based upon what types of information people are searching for online. 

Gonzalez’s final session will demonstrate how to use Google to tell stories with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D building and more.  Houston newsrooms used these Google tools during Hurricane Harvey, for example, to visually provide audiences with context when reporting flooding stories.  Attendees can learn how they did it and how one can use these same tools on a variety of stories in a station’s coverage area.

Former Texas journalist Chip Mahaney, nowthe Emerging Talent Leader for E.W. Scripps Co., will present a session on smart strategies for Social Media.  Mahaney will explore the ways social media is broadcasters’ friend and foe, and how journalists can best invest their time and energy to grow and engage their audiences.

Other workshop sessions will feature some of Texas’ best broadcast journalists, newsroom managers and media law experts.

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

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