NAHJ Region 5 Conference: Producer's Challenge Session, Sign up now

Photo courtesy: Norma Garcia
Photo courtesy: Norma Garcia

Update 11/25/13:  Meet Al Tompkins at the Region 5 conference.  He will be one of the trainers at the Producer’s Challenge all-day session. Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online.

He has trained thousands of television news producers, reporters, photojournalists and managers in his One-Day Storytelling Workshops in 45 states, Canada, Denmark, Iceland and South Africa.


This session is designed to assist participants in becoming better writers, producers and managers. On Saturday, December 7, CNN’s Ramon Escobar will conduct the daylong session during the NAHJ Region 5 conference at the Fairmont Dallas.

Escobar is the  Vice President of Talent Recruitment & Development at CNN.  He has an extensive background in television news.


It is a privilege and an enormous responsibility to produce news programs. A show producer is entrusted with deciding the content of the program. It is challenging to determine which stories make it, decide the most effective presentation, shape the showcasing and marketing of programs, and work with in-house and field crews effectively. It’s also one of the most challenging jobs in any television newsroom and one of the hardest positions to fill.

The interactive, daylong session will include in-depth examination of submitted newscasts, discussions on how to prepare for advancement from producer to executive producer, how to have difficult conversations and general networking tips. Leaders from the broadcast news industry will join as special guests to provide their insights.

Each producer will leave with a better understanding of how to create more compelling newscasts.


Due to the large number of applications, only those selected for the program will be contacted. The final notification will be sent via email.

Photo courtesy: Norma Garcia
Photo courtesy: Norma Garcia

To apply, producers should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Link to his/her newscast, complete with teases and transitions. (Newscasts should be uploaded on YouTube, Vimeo or a personal website)

Submit all materials to by November 15, 2013   Extended to Monday, November 25

You must also be registered for the conference to attend the session. Register – Region 5 Conference 


The rate at the Fairmont Dallas is $149 a night plus tax. Follow this link for reservations:

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