Al Tompkins to speak in Scranton this Saturday

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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 Saturday.

Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins

The event, co-sponsored by the University of Scranton and Marywood University, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Marywood’s Swartz Center Conference Room A.

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.

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.


  • Follow N. Washington Avenue past the School for the Deaf on your right.
  • Take a Right onto Seminary (you’ll see Marywood’s main gate ahead of you,
    but don’t go through it).
  • Take a Left onto Adams Avenue.
  • At the intersection of Adams and University Avenue, take a Right, going up
    the hill into campus.
  • On your right, you’ll pass Nazareth Student Union, Madonna Hall and
    Emmanuel (a very small brick building).
  • The next building on your right is Swartz. There’s a chapel in the Swartz Center, making easily identifiable from the outside by the stained glass.

Parking is available going up that hill, next to Emmanuel, and behind the buildings on the left side of the street. There will be an open house on Saturday, so if all of those areas are full, keep driving up the hill and you’ll run into other lots.


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