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Registration Open for TAB’s Nov. 10 Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop in Houston

Registration is now open for the largest state broadcast newsroom workshop in the land.  The 2018 TAB Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop takes place Saturday, Nov. 10, at the downtown Magnolia Hotel in Houston.  The location is just down the street from that night’s Lone Star EMMY® Awards gala at Houston’s Revention Center.

TAB will present nearly 20 information-packed sessions at the day-long workshop, featuring four nationally-known newsroom trainers as well as some of Texas’ best broadcast journalists and newsroom managers.

New to the workshop
Brendan Keefe, a standout investigative reporter for Atlanta’s WXIA-TV, and winner of 89 regional EMMY® awards as well as multiple national awards such as a Peabody, a duPont, and three Edward R. Murrow awards, will present four sessions at the workshop.  His slew of awards is a remarkable achievement, especially considering he is a multimedia journalist who does his storytelling solo.

Keefe’s sessions will focus on making the most of the tools and techniques available to MMJs, but he will also present an investigative reporting session in tandem with Texas broadcast investigative journalists.

Sandra Gonzalez, a specialist in the use of Google Tools, will present several computer-assisted reporting sessions to demonstrate how to generate story ideas, find experts and produce material to complement the big breaking news story.  Everyone is familiar with a basic Google search, but Gonzalez will show how to use the many untapped components of Google Tools to assist newsrooms.

These sessions are sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, through a partnership with the Google News Initiative.

Returning favorites
Master storyteller Boyd Huppert of KARE-TV Minneapolis-St. Paul, a winner of an unprecedented 16 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, will present sessions on news writing, using social media to best effect and overcoming story challenges.

Longtime TAB newsroom workshop favorite Deborah Potter of Advancing the Story is back this year with sessions on regaining audience trust in local news, covering long-term stories, as well as the ethical decision-making process when choosing what stories to cover and what material to incorporate in them.

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Newsroom pros from member stations and students can attend for the early-bird registration rate of just $25 which includes lunch. The rate increases to $45 after Oct. 31.

The Magnolia Hotel in Houston has a special $129 a night room rate available for a limited time.

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

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