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TAB Newsroom Workshop Highlights Journalism Craft, Best Practices

- Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 TAB Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the downtown Magnolia Hotel in Houston.

The event takes place during the day at the hotel which is just down the street from that night’s Lone Star EMMY® Awards gala at Houston’s Revention Center.  Four nationally-known newsroom trainers will present sessions at the workshop and TAB has a fifth on tap to provide a “teaser” webinar next week.

TAB will present nearly 20 information-packed sessions at the day-long workshop.  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.

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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.

Brendan Keefe is a standout investigative reporter for Atlanta’s WXIA-TV who has won 89 regional EMMY® awards as well as multiple national awards such as a Peabody, a duPont, and three Edward R. Murrow awards.  His sessions will focus on the multi-media journalist’s craft as well as the tools and techniques of investigative reporting.

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 such as Hurricane Harvey and the Santa Fe High School shooting, as well as the ethical decision-making process when choosing what stories to cover and what material to incorporate in them.

The Society of Professional Journalists, through a partnership with the Google News Initiative, will present computer-assisted reporting specialist Sandra Gonzalez to demonstrate how to use many of Google’s untapped tools to generate story ideas, find experts and produce material to complement the big breaking news story.  Other workshop sessions will feature some of Texas’ best broadcast journalists and newsroom managers.

TAB/Poynter Webinar: Fight Fake News
Want a taste of what can be had at this year’s workshop?

The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins will present a free webinar for TAB member stations on Thursday, Oct. 11, The Power of Critical Thinking to Fight Fake News.

The three-hour webinar will teach journalists critical thinking strategies for defending themselves against accusations of fake news, such as:

  • The four key questions to ask to evaluate information
  • How to detect fake documents, photos and social media posts
  • Fighting unintended bias in the words and images we choose
  • How fakers generate credible content
  • The surprising truth about "crisis actors" and "fake flag" attacks
  • The dark web and online back alleys where fakers fake

All newsroom staff can benefit from this online presentation.

for this FREE TAB member station service.

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

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