Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators


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Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators

This is a three-day event where college journalism educators catch up, power up and reignite their passion for teaching. Teachapalooza will take place both online and in person at Poynter’s St. Petersburg, Florida, campus.

June 10, 2022– June 12, 2022


  • Join a tight-knit, supportive community of college journalism educators who will inspire you for years to come
  • Hear about the latest tech, tools and teaching ideas you can start using immediately
  • Prepare for the next academic year, including how to teach about election misinformation
  • Attend in person: Space is limited to 50 people
  • Attend online: Catch all the same sessions from wherever you are using Poynter’s interactive learning environment


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Learning Outcomes

Teachapalooza participants can expect “show and share” sessions and other topical discussions throughout the three-day conference. The areas we will explore in 2022 include:

  • What audiences really want: Our encounter panel will let you sit in on a real-life focus group, then discuss what we’ve heard and how it can impact our teaching.
  • Five ways to prove to your students and five ways to prove to yourself that journalism is vital
  • Fact-checking and the midterms: The latest fact-checking techniques and thought leadership on fact-checking in real life and in real time
  • News/academic partnerships: What you should consider before you sign up for the next big collaborative project
  • How fear impacts your students and your teaching — and how to overcome it
  • Breakout sessions for student media advisers
  • Writing lessons from America’s writing coach
  • How to use the First Amendment more effectively in the classroom
  • First steps and magical transitions to help infuse diversity, equity and inclusion across all your teaching
  • How to teach freelancing — how to pitch and the finances of a career as a freelancer


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  • Join a tight-knit, supportive community of college journalism educators who will inspire you for years to come
  • Hear about the latest tech, tools and teaching ideas you can start using immediately
  • Prepare for the next academic year, including how to teach about election misinformation
  • Attend in person: Space is limited to 50 people
  • Attend online: Catch all the same sessions from wherever you are using Poynter’s interactive learning environment

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Now in its 12th year, Teachapalooza is the place for college journalism educators to catch up, power up and reignite their passion for teaching. Join us online or in-person at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida for three fast-paced days of relevant, cut-to-the-chase learning for journalism educators. Our plan is to bring you fresh, practical and specific teaching — exactly what you have come to expect from Teachapalooza.

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times reporters who won a Pulitzer for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal and helping ignite the #MeToo movement, will Zoom in as Teacha’s keynote speakers. They wrote a companion volume to their book “She Said,” a guide for student journalists who want to pursue a career in investigative journalism.

Teachapalooza alumni have come to rely on this community of teachers and its yearly meeting to help them navigate challenges, reconvene with friends and refuel with ideas for the coming academic year. Once you attend, you’ll find that the Teachapalooza community supports you every step of the way.


If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

Join Tompkins, Allen and your other Teachapalooza colleagues June 10-12, 2022, for high-energy, practical training. We will convene each day for large group instruction, breakout sessions, show and shares, chat forums and networking. The program will take place both in-person at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida and in an engaging online environment.

Please note that all speakers, times and activities are subject to change before the event.

Participants who plan to attend the pre-Teachapalooza Diversity Across the Curriculum workshop on June 9 must apply for the program here.

Friday, June 10

  • 9-9:30 a.m. — Now more than ever, student journalism matters. Here’s why: We’ll show you several stories and talk to the students behind them to demonstrate why your impact on student work is so critical. (Barbara Allen, Poynter)
  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. — How you can inspire the next generation of journalists: A Zoom with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. The two Pulitzer Prize winners and authors of “Chasing the Truth — A Young Journalist’s Guide to Investigative Reporting” will discuss ways in which you can inspire young investigative journalists and use their non-textbook in your courses. (Jodi Cantor and Megan Twohey, New York Times; moderated by Nataly Joseph, University of Southern California)
  • 10:45-11 a.m. — Break
  • 11 a.m.-noon — Fear is the path to the Dark Side: Learn why overcoming your fears and calling out fear in the classroom can actually lead to more skillful teaching.
    (Dr. Earnest Perry, University of Missouri)
  • Noon-1:30 pm. — Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. — That freelance life: From pitching to self-promotion, Kent State’s Jacqueline Marino knows what it takes to join the growing freelance economy. She shares what she’s learned from teaching a full course on freelancing.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Breakouts (choose one)
    • Digging for gold: Poynter’s star researcher (seriously) will teach you how to teach your students to dig for information online. You think you know it all — until you see Caryn Baird in action!
    • Finding diamonds in the rough: America’s writing coach Roy Peter Clark describes this session as “The most useful and interesting writing and teaching workshop you will ever attend. We are not kidding.”
    • Inclusive teaching practices: This session will focus on hands-on, practical changes you can make to build more inclusive, equitable classes. (Katy Culver)
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. — Break
  • 3:45-4:45 p.m. — OSINT it fantastic?  — Open source intelligence, or OSINT, is reshaping the way security experts, journalists and fact-checkers verify information — and it has implications for your teaching. MediaWise’s Alex Mahadevan and open source intelligence expert (and University of Alabama-Birmingham junior) Justin Peden will walk you through the tools and techniques used by the OSINT community and explain how you can use them in your classroom.
  • 4:45-5 p.m. — Get the picture: Group photo at Poynter
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Fun and games (optional): Join us for a friendly competition on St. Pete’s classic, timeless and Insta-worthy shuffleboard court while supping on the dinner of college champions — pizza and beer. Network, kvetch and catch up.

Saturday, June 11

  • 9-10:30 a.m. — What they really want: Marketing firms pay thousands of dollars to get access to the insights we will provide for you in this session: Witness a community focus group to learn how everyday people consume news, why they believe (or disbelieve), their favorite news sources — and hear how they think journalists make editorial decisions. (Al Tompkins)
  • 10:30-10:45 a.m. — Break
  • 10:45-noon — Did you hear what that guy said?! We will share what we learned at the encounter group and how these insights might influence what and how we teach journalism students. (Al Tompkins)
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. — Lunch and networking
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Show and Share: Show off your best tools, exercises, plans or lessons and borrow from others in this rapid-fire session that will have an immediate impact on your own classroom. (Sherrod Blakely, Boston University)
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Breakouts (choose one)
    • What the business school can teach the journalism school: UGA’s Mark Johnson shares his understanding and application of project management — what it is, how to employ it and why journalism students and professors should use it to bolster their success.
    • How students and professors can help save local news: Across the country, journalism students and educators partner with news outlets to produce content and provide experience to student journalists. We’ll talk about existing models and offer some best practices for those of you wanting to start your own, and why these partnerships matter more than ever. (Richard Watts, University of Vermont)
    • Seeking pearls of wisdom: Student media advisers will meet up to network, share and brainstorm for the year ahead in student media. (Moderated by Julie Reed, Baylor)
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. — Break
  • 3:45-5 p.m. — How do we approach student stress and burnout?: The pandemic changed us and our students profoundly, and we’re seeing that reflected in our classes and student newsrooms. In this session of large and small groups, we’ll discuss strategies for teaching and advising with empathy and understanding — without lowering standards. (Katy Culver and Mark Johnson)
  • 6 p.m. — The ExPIERience (optional): We’ll gather in downtown St. Pete to walk along the new pier. Bring your selfie sticks, walking shoes and wallets if you want to have dinner together after.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

  • 9-10:15 a.m. — Navigating graphic images and reporting on trauma: A conversation about the decision-making process to make, source and publish graphic images. Touching on video and audio, we will build a framework for in-class discussions about issues journalists are dealing with daily, from discussing who the stakeholders are to who is placed at risk by publishing or broadcasting. (Katy Culver and Mark E. Johnson)
  • 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. — Now more than ever, journalism education matters. Here’s why. Three ways to remind yourself that the work you are doing is vital. (Al Tompkins)
  • 10:45-11 a.m. — Break
  • 11 a.m. — Pomp and circumstance: Our graduation ceremony. (Al Tompkins, Barbara Allen)
  • Noonish — This is goodbye: Pack a sack lunch to go or sit a while and reflect … we’ll close things out in style.

Who should register

College educators and student media advisers who work to teach journalism, communication, television, radio, online and social media classes. High school journalism teachers are welcome, too.

Registration process

Please be prepared to answer a few short questions about your professional experience, areas of interest and basic demographic information. Those who select the in-person option will need to fill out a health screening form before coming to St. Petersburg, Florida. 


Tuition for this three-day live event, whether you select the in-person or online option, is $199. You will be emailed a link to pay after you register, which you can share with your department.

​​If you plan to participate in the one-day Diversity Across the Curriculum workshop, you will get a discount for Teachapalooza. You will need to apply for the Diversity Across the Curriculum workshop here.


Lead Faculty

  • Barbara Allen
    Director of College Programming
    Barbara Allen is the director of college programming. She spent most of her professional career working in local media and higher education before coming to...
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  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins
    Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around...
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Keynote Speakers

  • Jodi Kantor
    Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter for The New York Times and Best-Selling Author
    Jodi Kantor is a prize-winning investigative reporter and best-selling author whose work has revealed hidden truths about power, gender, technology, politics and culture. In October...
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  • Megan Twohey
    Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter for The New York Times and Best-Selling Author
    Megan Twohey is a prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and a best-selling author. In 2017, she and Jodi Kantor broke the story...
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Guest Instructors

  • Caryn Baird
    Caryn Baird is a researcher for PolitiFact and The Poynter Institute. She previously was the senior news researcher at the Tampa Bay Times where for...
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  • Kathleen Bartzen Culver
    Associate Professor; James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics; Director, Center for Journalism Ethics
    Kathleen Bartzen Culver is the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication...
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  • Sherrod Blakely
    Professor, Boston University
    Sherrod Blakely is an NBA content creator for Facebook’s Bulletin.com website. He is also an NBA Front Office Insider for Bleacher Report, a Lecturer in Boston University’s...
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  • Roy Peter Clark
    Senior Scholar, Poynter
    Roy Peter Clark is a writer, editor and teacher of writing who has become a writing coach to an international community of students, journalists and...
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  • Mark Johnson
    Senior Lecturer, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia
    Mark E. Johnson teaches photojournalism, multimedia journalism, video journalism and graphic design courses in addition to serving as the Chief Technology Officer at Grady College...
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  • Nataly Joseph
    Executive Editor, Annenberg Media
    Nataly Joseph is an award-winning multimedia journalist studying at the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at USC and is expected to graduate in spring...
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  • Alex Mahadevan
    Director, MediaWise
    Alex Mahadevan is the Director of the MediaWise project. Alex was most recently the Program Manager of MediaWise. Prior to joining the staff at Poynter,...
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  • Jacqueline Marino
    Writer, editor and professor of journalism at Kent State University
    Jacqueline Marino is a writer, editor and professor of journalism at Kent State University. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine, and...
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  • Justin Peden
    The Intel Crab
    Justin Peden, likely better known as The Intel Crab, has a nearly six-year-old Twitter account that shares, aggregates, and collects a wide variety of information...
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  • Dr. Earnest Perry
    Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Missouri
    Dr. Earnest Perry is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Missouri School of Journalism. He served as coordinator of the School’s...
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  • Julie Reed
    Director of Student Publications, Baylor University
    Julie Reed has worked as a student media adviser at Baylor University since 2005, supervising the newspaper, digital media, yearbook and magazine. She came to...
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  • Richard Watts
    Director, Center for Research on Vermont at UVM
    Richard Watts is director of the Center for Research on Vermont at UVM, co-director of the Reporting and Documentary Storytelling program and the founder of...
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