Tompkins returns to teach training program for producers

Al Tompkins

A unique seminar with Poynter senior faculty Al Tompkins will expand your expertise as a TV producer with new writing, storytelling, coaching and ethical decision-making skills. With decades of success stories, this opportunity can launch your career. 

Applications for this online and in-person seminar are due by Feb. 17. Apply Here

Who are the instructors?

Al Tompkins, Poynter’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online, will once again lead this seminar. Ramon Escobar, vice president of talent recruitment and development for CNN Worldwide, and Sally Ramirez, news director at KHOU in Houston, Texas, will join Tompkins during the in-person portion at Poynter.

What will you learn?

  • How to find stories that others miss
  • How to find a focus for your story
  • A framework for making ethical decisions on deadline
  • How to write clear, clean copy
  • Techniques for managing peers, managers and subordinates

What is the schedule for this program? 

In the online portion of this seminar, you will participate in live group discussions each Tuesday and complete readings and activities in between sessions. You’ll also come to Poynter March 27-29 for a weekend of in-person coaching and feedback.

Who should apply?

Producers at any stage in their career, including associate and newscast producers as well as executive producers.

What is the cost?

The cost is $550, which includes tuition for the four-week online group seminar and in-person training at Poynter. Travel to and from St. Petersburg and your hotel is on your own, but we have arranged for discounted hotel accommodations.

Thanks to generous support from CNN, members of NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA and NAJA may apply for 50% tuition scholarship.

If you are a member of one of these associations, please email to receive your scholarship code.