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TAB Slates Law Enforcement Accountability, Inclusive Journalism Webinars

-Poynter Newsroom Webinars a Hit

While the pandemic has canceled many broadcast industry educational gatherings, it has not deterred TAB from a core mission – providing ongoing learning opportunities for station teams. Case in point, TAB is presenting newsrooms two webinars next week as a follow-up to two Poynter programs last week that earned rave reviews from participants.

Next week’s webinars feature former Texas news director and past RTDNA president Kevin Benz of, and Sara Fahim of Run with the Wolves.

Being Fair and Holding Law Enforcement Accountable

Benz will explore one of journalism’s highest obligations - holding law enforcement accountable.

Law enforcement dominates the day-to-day work of journalists.

There is no more powerful government agency in the daily life of most broadcasters’ audiences.

This session will show journalists how they can be fair, but independent.

This free 90-minute webinar takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 am CT.

Practicing Inclusive Journalism and Using Empathy

Inclusive journalism is more than diversity on-air – it’s about how journalists work to intentionally cover minority communities fairly.

Benz and Sara Fahim will challenge journalists to recognize their own implicit bias and learn to mitigate it, avoid perpetuating dangerous negative racial stereotypes, and produce journalism that is inclusive and reflective of the whole community they serve.

The session will also explore empathy as a powerful journalistic tool that can help journalists to see how others view the world and understand how they feel about it.

This free 90-minute webinar takes place on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 11 am CT.

Poynter Webinars Archived

TAB has archived the two webinars presented last week in conjunction with The Poynter Institute, Election Essentials for Texas Journalists and Journalist Stress and Trauma in COVID Times

Both received high marks from attendees.

The elections webinar was date-specific, but TAB posted the session on its Vimeo page and provided the link several times to station news directors in our TAB Political Update emails.

The 90-minute webinar on combatting stress, however, is evergreen for these trying times and also is available at Vimeo.

With the stress and trauma affecting today’s journalists continuing unabated, TAB encourages all news staff to watch the program and care for themselves.

The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins and his wife Sidney, a licensed clinical therapist, offered practical and common-sense tips for journalists to employ today and in the weeks and months ahead to improve their mental and physical health.

Journalists can download a pdf with Al and Sidney's tips for self-care here.

Note:  the following webinars are archived and available for view.

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

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