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TAB Tees Up December Newsroom Webinars

- Legislative Preview, Newsgathering in a COVID World

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 newsrooms.

Among the content offerings on tap for December are two separate programs addressing challenges of newsgathering in COVID times featuring award-winning journalists Brendan Keefe and Boyd Huppert.

A third program previews the upcoming 2021 legislative session to help journalists prep for the big stories coming from the Capitol next year.



MMJ Skills in COVID Times – Featuring Brendan Keefe, WXIA-TV
It was tough enough being a solid MMJ storyteller, let alone an investigative MMJ. Then the pandemic happened.

Like everyone else, multi-award-winning investigative MMJ Brendan Keefe of Atlanta’s WXIA-TV has had to make COVID adjustments to cover stories. He has managed to break big stories regardless, garnering national headlines recently when he tracked down several living voters that a Georgia voter fraud lawsuit claimed were dead, but still voted.

He will show newsrooms the techniques he uses to make his MMJ reporting compelling and visually interesting, even in pandemic conditions.

This 90-minute session takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11 AM CT.

Covering the 87th Texas Legislature – Featuring TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez and Michael Schneider
Every legislative session is big.

Every redistricting session is bigger. 

Add a new House Speaker, a pandemic, and ensuing health, economic and budgetary crises, and it is clear – the upcoming 87th Texas Legislature will be huge! 

Join TAB President Oscar Rodriguez, and Michael Schneider, VP, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, as they outline for journalists interested in covering the 2021 legislative session the major policy concerns in play and the operational dynamics at the Capitol.

Also, while access to legislative proceedings in the 2021 session is still a work in progress, TAB will have the latest word on covering the session from those in the know at the Capitol.

This hour-long session takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 11 AM CT.

Storytelling in a COVID World – Featuring Boyd Huppert, KARE-TV 
The pandemic has dramatically changed and challenged the way broadcast journalists have traditionally gathered their stories. Sure, some field work is still taking place, but Zoom interviews have become normal. 

So how does one craft compelling stories when the visuals are lacking? 

According to KARE-TV’s Boyd Huppert, it is still about well-crafted storytelling, but one leans more heavily on the tools available. 

Huppert is a nationally known, multiple EMMY and Murrow award winner, whose stories are powerful glimpses into the lives and relationships of everyday Americans. Just like other broadcast journalists, Huppert has had to adapt to our current COVID situation, and he’s figured out how to turn current newsgathering obstacles into opportunities and produce memorable stories. 

Huppert recently picked up regional EMMY awards for two stories he compiled from his kitchen table.  Learn how you can produce impactful journalism in our current situation, from one of our profession’s best storytellers.

This hour-long session takes place on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11 AM CT.

Previous TAB Newsroom Webinars Available for Viewing
TAB has archived online its previous 2020 newsroom webinars.

Sessions include:

  • Being Fair and Holding Law Enforcement Accountable, featuring former RTDNA Chairman Kevin Benz of Kevin Benz News
  • Practicing Inclusive Journalism and Using Empathy, featuring Benz and nationally-recognized empathy trainer Sara Fahim of Run with the Wolves.
  • Journalist Stress and Trauma in COVID Times, featuring the Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins and licensed clinical therapist Sidney Tompkins. Journalists can download a pdf with Al and Sidney’s tips for self-care here
  • Writing and Speaking for Broadcast, featuring award-winning KNSD-TV MMJ Joe Little.  This session is archived separately online here.

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

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