Poynter’s Tompkins to speak in Scranton

Al Tompkins

The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins, one of America’s most requested journalism teachers for mid-career professionals and college students, will present a day-long convergence seminar in Scranton next spring.

The event, co-sponsored by the University of Scranton and Marywood University, has tentatively been scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at Marywood.

The program will include sessions on writing and reporting for video, the ethics of video editing and storytelling for the web.

Tompkins is Group Leader for Broadcast and Online at Poynter, which widely regarded as one of the world’s premiere journalism training centers.

He is the author of “Aim for the Heart” a broadcast writing textbook used by more than 70 universities worldwide. He co-authored “Newsroom Ethics” a workbook and CD series for the Radio and Television News Director’s Foundation. He helped write the RTNDA and National Press Photographers Association’s codes of ethics.

Tompkins writes “Al’s Morning Meeting” a daily journalism blog/email read by more than 20,000 journalists every day for the last seven years.

Tompkins has worked as a national award winning photojournalist, reporter, producer, investigative reporter and news director since 1973. He has been awarded some of journalism’s top honors including The Peabody Award, The National Emmy, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, 7 National Headliner Awards, The Japan Prize and more.

He has taught workshops to thousands of journalists in 44 states and five countries.

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