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Registration Ends Thursday for Nov. 16 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop

Registration for the Nov. 16 TAB Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop ends Thursday at Noon.  TAB’s annual newsroom workshop takes place this weekend at Live! At Loews in Arlington, the same hotel as that night’s 2019 Lone Star EMMY® Awards gala.  Registration is just $45 and includes lunch.

There is no onsite registration, so newsrooms must act now to ensure their seats at the nation’s largest and longest-running regional newsroom seminar.

View workshop schedule and register here

This year TAB is bringing in five of the best-known national newsroom trainers and several of Texas’ best broadcast journalists to present nearly 20 information-packed sessions at the day-long workshop.

Future of Broadcast Journalism
The workshop kicks off with a thought-provoking session on the current and future of broadcast journalism in Texas.

Moderated by former DFW newsroom manager Chip Mahaney of the E.W. Scripps Co., the session features Raquel Amparo, KUVN-TV, Dallas-Ft. Worth; Rachel Osier Lindley, KERA-FM, Dallas-Ft. Worth; and Andrea Parquet-Taylor, KTVT/KTXA-TV, Dallas-Ft. Worth.

Reporting and Newswriting
Several of the sessions at this year’s workshop will explore best practices for newswriting and reporting.  Boyd Huppert of KARE-TV Minneapolis-St. Paul, a winner of nearly 20 national Edward R. Murrow Awards, will present two masterclasses in effective and efficient newswriting as well as memorable storytelling.

Former CBS network correspondent Deborah Potter has 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 her first session focusing 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 County Commissioners Court.   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.

Enterprise and Investigative Journalism
Award-winning investigative producers Jack Douglas, KXAS-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth and Mark Smith, WFAA-TV Dallas Ft. Worth, will be joined by Texas Public Information Act expert Tom Williams of TAB Associate member law firm Haynes Boone to discuss how newsrooms can use the TPIA and other investigative tools to develop and enhance 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.

What do you get when you combine the NPPA Photographers of the Year for 2018 and 2019? One informative session on making stories look and sound better. 

Chad Nelson of KARE-TV Minneapolis-St. Paul and Brandon Mowry of WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth will impart some of their best practices for capturing images and sound.  This session will benefit any photog, MMJ, or even a wise reporter looking for ways to best tell the story one can benefit from this session.  

Media Law
Texas newsroom law experts Marc Fuller, of TAB Associate member law firm Vinson Elkins and Paul Watler of TAB’s state legal counsel Jackson Walker will be on hand to review the latest case law decisions affecting Texas newsrooms as well as changes to law affecting newsgathering that were enacted by the recent Texas legislature.

While the workshop primarily caters to newsroom professionals, university and college students are encouraged to attend.  TAB has a special session on employment opportunities in Texas broadcast newsrooms to close out the day.

How NOT to Get a Job in Broadcast News features Texas Radio and TV news directors offering their advice on the don’ts AND the do’s when looking for that first job, second or third job in broadcast news.  Moderated by Chip Mahaney, the Emerging Talent Leader for E.W. Scripps Co., it features Paul Mann, KRLD-AM Dallas-Ft. Worth; Freda Ross WBAP-AM/KLIF-AM Dallas-Ft. Worth; Bob Walters, KWTX-TV Waco; and Robin Whitmeyer, KDFW-TV Dallas-Ft. Worth.

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

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