After the Texas Shooting: What Journalists Need to Know About Guns and Ammo

Course Overview

After the Texas Shooting: What Journalists Need to Know About Guns and Ammo
This $29.95 Webinar is free because we believe strongly in helping journalists handle this important topic.
Originally Broadcast On:
November 07, 2017
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
November 07, 2017 Enroll Now
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In this Webinar, you will learn the vocabulary of different kinds of weapons and ammunition, find out what qualifies as an "assault" weapon and the explore two landmark court cases that have had a major influence on the Second Amendment.

Want to learn about the difference between clips and magazines, cartridges and bullets, pistols and handguns? Learning about firearms can give you a better understanding of gun issues and policies, and lead to smarter stories.

You will be able to use what you've learned in your everyday journalism as you cover crime, police, outdoor living and even political debates.

Join Poynter Institute's Al Tompkins, who led hands-on workshops for hundreds of journalists around America.

What Will I Learn:
  • Understand what calibers mean
  • The difference between an automatic, semi-automatic and single shot weapon
  • The difference in firepower between difference kinds of weapons
  • Terms like "magazine" and "assault weapon" and show you what they mean and don't mean
  • What the courts have said about the Second Amendment
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, editors, producers and anyone interested in telling stories about gun issues.

Course Instructor:

Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins is Senior Faculty/Broadcast and Online at The Poynter Institute. He is the author of Aim for the Heart: A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters, which is being used by more than 130 universities' journalism departments around the world., and the Poynter NewsU course Reporting, Writing for TV and the Web: Aim for the Heart. He is also the author of Telling Memorable Video Stories, a video tutorial series at Poynter's NewsU. You can join the more than 10,000 people who follow him on Twitter at @atompkins.

Tompkins has more than 40 years of experience as a journalist, writer and journalism teacher who teaches in seminars at Poynter and workshops and conferences around. He has been a presenter at national conventions for IRE, RTDNA, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, Unity, NLGJA, PRNDI and NPPA. Since 1998, he has taught seminars and workshops in 48 states and four countries.

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