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.