The Early Lineup for TEACHAPALOOZA 2019

I am already planning TEACHAPALOOZA IX June 7-8-9 2019.
I can tell you we have already started lining up some top shelf teachers including:


Our presenters, like Robert Hernandez digital journalism professor at USC Annenberg are on fire for teaching. They will fire you up too.

Robert Hernandez- USC Annenberg who is known for his innovative teaching. Many journalists know him as the co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly forum on Twitter that that ran for more than seven years and engaged participants from around the world. Or the curator of his Tech & Tool page, a collection of tools aimed at inspiring innovation in web journalism. His most recent work includes Augmented Reality, Wearables/Google Glass and Virtual Reality — he and his students produce immersive experiences under their brand: JOVRNALISM™. Their work can be seen in The New York Times, NBC, NPR, ProPublica, USA Today and in their own iOS/Android app. JOVRNALISM has received awards from the Online News Association, Society for News Design and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as grants from the Knight Foundation and others.

He is the recipient of SPJ’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. He has been an international keynote speaker, panelists (SXSW three times), moderator and gave a TEDxKC talk on the future of news and misinformation.

ericEric Seals– the award-winning photojournalist from the Detroit Free Press who is an innovator in multimedia storytelling and photography and drone photography.

Eric has covered it all, from Olympics to elections. He leads an NPPA multimedia training workshop every year at Syracuse University.

Over the years Eric has covered many events for the Free Press from two Intifadas in Israel/Palestine, 5 months in the war on Iraq & many sports from the Olympics in Rio, Beijing and South Korea to several Super Bowls, World Series & NBA Finals.

In May of 2008 he eagerly embraced video storytelling for
Since then he has done many video stories from human interest & social issues to short documentaries & projects.
His first film “Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past” played at 18 film festivals around the country many of which he attended since October of 2016.

He loves the challenge of bringing a cinematic look, feel & emotion to his video stories while at the same time staying true to the one thing that matters more than anything else…the story, the story, the story!

Eric has been recognized for his video storytelling with a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow award, a national Webby Award, multiple Michigan Press Photographer Association Multimedia Photographer of the Year awards, several POYi awards & nine regional Emmys.

Teaching is a big passion for him. He coaches at various workshops from the NPPA Multimedia Immersion at Syracuse University, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, Missouri Photo Workshop and the Lens Collective at the University of Mississippi. He has also judged & spoke at several national & state contests including the Northern Short Course & the Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism.

Eric embraces the “Reach One, Teach One” philosophy & enjoys mentoring others around the country interested in this amazing profession of ours


Stephen Stock– national award-winning investigative reporter from NBC San Francisco who is an expert in find stories hidden in data. We will help you learn how to teach students to detect hidden stories.

Frank LoMonte– the Director of the Brechner Center for the Freedom of Information and former head of the Student Press Law Center. He also is:

  • Leading the charge to enact reform legislation protecting students and educators against institutional retaliation for their journalistic work. The “New Voices” movement has resulted in enactment of fortified legal protections in Illinois, Maryland and North Dakota, with bills pending in 11 states, and has left behind student-led grassroots organizations in each state to keep watch over abuses of journalists’ rights.
  • Launching the Active Voice project to raise awareness of the impact of school censorship on leadership development opportunities for young women, and creating a paid fellowship program for college undergraduates across the country to design replicable “press freedom service projects” amplifying the voices of young women in their communities.

Before joining the SPLC, LoMonte practiced law with Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP in Atlanta and clerked for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Prior to embarking on his legal career, he was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist. He was the capitol correspondent for the Florida Times Union(Jacksonville), Washington correspondent for Morris News Service and the Atlanta bureau chief for Morris.

He was the Otis Brumby Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgia Law School in spring-summer 2014 and has been a lecturer since 2015 in the University of Georgia Washington Program, teaching a course for undergraduates on “Law of Social Media.”

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.