The Schedule

There will be tweaks and adjustments in the days ahead but the schedule for TEACHAPALOOZA 2018 is taking shape.

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Click on the image below to see the schedule.

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You can open this on a phone, download the app.  It will be constantly updating.

2018 Plans Taking Shape

I can tell you that we have locked in some of our key teaching for the 2018 TEACHAPALOOZA VII.
By the way, registration is now OPEN.


Ramon Escobar is CNN Worldwide’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Vice President for Talent Recruitment and Development.  He is the network’s chief talent scout and coach and will tell TEACHAPALOOZA educators what their graduates must know when they graduate if they expect to go into the network leagues.

A media veteran with 25 years of experience in news and entertainment in local, cable and network television as well as digital/new media, Escobar has the unique perspective of having worked in both English and Spanish-language media. Has developed expertise in both the U.S. Hispanic market and Latin America having traveled extensively throughout Latin America working with international media companies around the globe. Escobar came to CNN from Telemundo where he was the head of the news division. Prior to his time at Telemundo, Escobar was Vice President of live programming at MSNBC during 9/11.  He started in local television and became one of the youngest news directors in a major TV market when he took over the News Director job at WTVJ in Miami.


Sree Sreenavasan, one of the world’s premiere teachers of online and social media skills will be with us on our opening day.
Sree teaches all over the world and will focus on what social media skills educators are using in the classroom. (Go here to watch some of his TED Talks.)
Sree was the chief digital officer of New York City from October 2016 through May 2017. Before that he was the chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and chief digital officer of Columbia University.

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Dana Bash is CNN’s chief political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. and serves as the network’s lead reporter covering both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. She was the primary reporter covering the 2016 Republican field of presidential candidates and also continues to regularly serve as a moderator for CNN’s political town hall specials.

Dana will talk with TEACHAPALOOZA educators about the tough and sometimes toxic world of news that graduates will be entering.  It is especially tough for women who endure online trolls and constant criticism.

JeremyGilbert-Insta-Round-420x420.pngJeremy Gilbert will be at TEACHAPALOOZA VII.   As Director of Strategic Initiatives at The Washington Post, Jeremy works to identify, create, and execute unique digital products and storytelling experiences. He works closely with The Post’s engineering, product design, graphics, audience, analytics and advertising teams. In this role, Gilbert figured out how to tell the story of the 2016 presidential race with 3D printers, built The Post’s first automated stories, created The Post’s first virtual reality project, initiated the use of 360 cameras, oversaw it’s first augmented reality story, built a freelance network that changes how The Post covers national stories and launched a new leadership vertical.

Ann Christiano heads the University of Florida program in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida.
Part of her work includes teaching STEM students how to tell their stories using journalism skills.  This move is a vitally important one for the UF College of Journalism and Education that sought to tap into the significant funding that flows to STEM teaching.  Ann will help you understand how you journalism educators can spread your influence across campus while helping engineers and scientists to learn to tell their stories in a way the public will understand and appreciate.

katyKaty Culver (University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the parents of TEACHAPALOOZA,) will lead a session we call “Lecturing Less and Applying More.”  She is teaching a class this semester in which she will try a new approach to teaching that is a new take on the “flipped classroom” notion we taught about a few years ago.  The idea is to allow students to apply their learning IN the classroom.  Katy will be fresh off her experiment when we meet in June.

I will have some other confirmations for you very soon including one session from a school that has figured out how to tap into STEM dollars by using journalism and COMM faculty to teach STEM students how to write and communicate.

As we say in TV–stay tuned.




How to turn a big story into a ton of big stories

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When the University of Louisville canned coach Rick Pitino after yet another scandal at the school, The Courier Journal didn’t do one big opus story.  They did a ton of them. This is a great example of how to break out sidebars to dive deeply into worthy stories.

And, as reported, the readers flocked to the coverage:

Joel Christopher, the paper’s editor, tells me that two-thirds of a 65-person reporting staff have worked the story over two days. It’s broken all online readership records by various indices (and the vast majority are local readers), he says, and prompted surprisingly little negative response by pro-Pitino diehards in a town where college sports is everything, especially since there are no pro teams.

Let us celebrate the Nut Graf


My former Poynter colleague Chip Scanlan explains what the nut graf is and why it is important.

The nut graf has several purposes:

    • It justifies the story by telling readers why they should care.
    • It provides a transition from the lead and explains the lead and its connection to the rest of the story.
    • It often tells readers why the story is timely.
    • It often includes supporting material that helps readers see why the story is important.

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A VR guide

The AP has compiled a fairly massive guide to VR.  (full disclosure they interviewed me for this and I am like a paragraph or so of this very detailed report.)
It claims:

After reading this report, you will know:

1. A new reporting approach called dynamic storytelling that puts the news consumer at the center of the process.

2. Best practices in virtual reality journalism and the tools used, including the nascent technology of “volumetric capture” as well as computer-generated imagery (CGI).

3. Considerations when constructing a news story, including audience participation, the immersive technologies available and the various perspectives presented.

4. Key challenges in immersive storytelling and ways of mitigating those concerns. These include ethics and standards, newsroom workflows, technology deployment, skills and user adoption.

5. Data-driven strategies to produce and distribute immersive media across devices.