Kentucky journalist Al Tompkins holding Storytelling Workshop April 29

Free Event is Must-Attend for college and professional print, digital and broadcast journalists

The Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Association [KAPB] and the Kentucky Broadcasters Association [KBA] invite college and professional journalists to attend a free storytelling workshop with Kentucky native Al Tompkins at the Hilton Lexington on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty member for broadcasting and online journalism. The KBA is sponsoring the workshop and lunch for participants. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins grew up in Caldwell County where he started his 40-year journalism career at a 250-watt radio station. Since then he has worked as a reporter, photojournalist, investigative reporter and news director. He taught journalists in 48 states, Egypt, Canada, Denmark, South Africa, Cayman and beyond, and has authored five books about ethics and writing. His latest book, Aim for the Heart, is used by more than 100 universities around the world. Tompkins has been awarded many of journalism’s top honors including The National Emmy, The Peabody, The Robert F. Kennedy Award, seven National Headliner Awards, Three Gabriel Awards, The Clarion, The American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel, and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Governor’s Award. He was also inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.


9-11 a.m. – “The Power of Critical Thinking”: The essential tool to fight claims of “fake news.”

11-11:15 a.m. – Break

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “Jaw-Droppingly Cool Online and Mobile Tools”: Learn to build beautiful graphics on your phone, how to capture audio and edited video on your phone, transcribe interviews without typing a word, build photo slideshows in less than a minute on your phone, and take 3D and 360 photos on your phone.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch provided by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association

1:30-3 p.m. – “Power Writing and Focused Reporting”: We will use tons of real examples to help you learn the secrets of tight writing that will hook your viewers. Reporters, producers, MMJs and photojournalists will all benefit from this session. You will learn the eight essential motivators to make any story more compelling. See how using those motivators makes your teases connect. Learn the secret of story order and sentence order.

To reserve a spot (free event ticket), go here:

Questions can be directed to Julia Versau, Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, at (219-286-5291).

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