Poynter Institute News Webinar Series

This five-part webinar series, intended for staff in TV and radio newsrooms, was presented by Al Tompkins and the Poynter Institute.  The live presentations were recorded, and links to each of the sessions is available below.

1. Reporting on Deaths by Suicide

This session’s topics include:

• Expose some myths about suicide.
• Document some of the most vulnerable populations.
• Gun violence is a major part of any discussion about suicide.
• This workshop is focused on reporting about deaths by suicide, not ignoring it.

The webinar also provided self-care resources for journalists.

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2. Powerful Storytelling (part 1)

This session’s topics include:

  • Finding and developing compelling characters.
  • Finding sharp story focus.
  • What goes where in the story and why.
  • How to make words and video work seamless together even when you have limited video
  • How to spot soundbites that deeply connect with viewers.

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3. Poynter Webinar: Powerful Storytelling (part 2)

This session’s topics include:

  • The eight motivators that make any story more interesting.
  • Getting beyond the obvious to the more important “why” of the story.
  • The power of the Ladder of Abstraction (how to make interesting stories important and important stories interesting).
  • Sentence structure that makes information unforgettable.
  • Navigating the friction between creative storytelling and clear storytelling.

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4. Battling Bias

This session’s topics include:

  • Where do our biases come from?
  • How do we recognize our own biases?
  • Eight kinds of biases that can influence our journalism (these don’t make you a bad person, they mean you are normal).
  • How biases influence who is in and out of our coverage.
  • How you can find new voices that will give you new insights, even on deadline.
  • How biases even show up in our Google searches.
  • The MOST likely place your biases might show up in a carefully crafted story.

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5. Fighting Fakes and Truth Decay

This session’s topics include:

  • Where does information come from and who is behind it?
  • Why do people spread disinformation?
  • How can you detect fake photos?
  • What is metadata and what will it tell you?
  • What does every journalist need to understand about algorithms?
  • See the newest tools fakers use to alter video and audio.
  • How to use polysearch tools to get to the root of an images’ origin.

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