A Series of Timely Tips and Coaching for Real World Journalism with Kevin Benz

Join this series of 3 webinars, FREE for all SDBA member stations!  No preregistration required; just click the zoom link below to join on each date. 

Each webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing.   Webinars scheduled for January 28, February 25, and March 18. 

And you thought it couldn’t get worse than 2020?

A Series of Timely Tips and Coaching for Real World Journalism with Kevin Benz

About Kevin Benz:  A self-described “recovering” news director, Kevin is well-known as an inspiring, engaging speaker. He coaches thousands of journalists and hundreds of newsrooms around the country with his own style of pragmatic, ethical craft. His 30 years in newsrooms and reporting on the streets provide a unique understanding of what journalists need – especially in today’s rapidly changing reporting environment.


Beating Burnout: Managing mental health in crisis

We discuss how to identify the symptoms of burnout (which is a real mental health issue brought on

by stress and isolation –sound familiar?), how to differentiate it from simple exhaustion and then

how to avoid it. This is aimed both at news managers trying to take care of their team (and

themselves) as well as individual staff trying to cope day-to-day.   ARCHIVE LINK


Context in Crisis: Making the right call in crisis and breaking news coverage

Here we focus specifically on fast, accurate and fair coverage of the most recent events in

journalism —the insurrection at the Capitol, COVID-19, racial justice and equality, law enforcement,

protest and violence. We discuss what questions to ask in order to ensure thorough, complete, and

ethical reporting on these very difficult topics. Including how working while exhausted and working

fast can get in the way of thorough reporting.    ARCHIVE LINK

Covering Law Enforcement: Being fair and holding accountable

Law enforcement dominates the day-to-day work of journalists and we must remember there is no

more powerful government agency in the daily life of our audience. It is journalism’s highest

obligation to hold law enforcement accountable for the enormous power society gives them. The

relationship between the press and the police is complicated —we must be fair, we must be

courageous and we must be independent. Here’s how.

Thursday, March 18 –10:30am Central:  ARCHIVE LINK