Al in the News

Almost every day, it seems, I am in the news for something, usually about journalism trends or ethics. I try to limit my comments to issues around journalism, not politics.
I get a lot of calls from college students working on term papers, so maybe these links will help them. Journalists working on deadline should call 727-821-9494. Make sure you tell the Poynter operator you are on deadline.

TV reporter who quit on-air to run pot business
Alaska Dispatch-Sep 22, 2014
Journalism ethics expert Al Tompkins, who teaches at the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Poynter Institute, said the station could face Federal …

Little National Media Coverage of Officer Pierson’s Death
WROC-TV-Sep 11, 2014Share
For answers, we turned to Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute. He said news organizations have tough decisions about where to devote few …

Means and ends matter
The Hindu-Sep 21, 2014
An analysis of this new code by Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute explains the changes more clearly. The first issue is the use of anonymous …

New York Times
TMZ Rice Video Puts Gossip Site In Front Again on Sports
Businessweek-Sep 10, 2014
There are instances where the truth an image reveals matters most, said Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute, a news media training and …
How net neutrality impacts online news and faith coverage
Deseret News-Sep 11, 2014Share
If a tax was put on faster Internet speeds, only news organizations of a certain size might be able to participate, as Al Tompkins of the Poynter …

Easy Doesn’t Mean Better With Story Sources
TV News Check-Sep 3, 2014
… what makes them an expert,” says Poynter’s Al Tompkins. Without doing so, journalists run the risk of using only sources “with a certain voice, …

August 2014- How much information does the public need about the cause of Robin WIlliams’ death? USA Today

August 2014 Al on NPR’s Here and Now talking about big newspaper companies spinning off from the broadcast divisions.

November 2013  Al talks to NBC’s Today Show about CBS 60 minutes retraction:


  1. Unwarranted intrusion

    Columbus Dispatch-8 hours ago
    As Al Tompkins, senior faculty for broadcasting and online at the journalism think tank Poynter Institute, argued in a Dec. 27 post, journalists
  2. County Wants to Keep Gun Owners’ Addresses Secret for Their Safety

    New York Magazine-13 hours ago
    One problem with the Journal News’s coverage, as Poynter’s Al Tompkins pointed out last week, is that it doesn’t really do much except name

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  3. The 4 mistakes of the Journal News

    Washington Post (blog)-Jan 2, 2013
    Vs. other licenses? School bus drivers? Taxi drivers? Grocers? Seems an opportunity lost.” Al Tompkins of has advanced this very
  4. TIME

    What journalists should know about school shootings and guns 14, 2012
    What journalists should know about school shootings and guns. avatar by Al Tompkins Published Dec. 14, 2012 8:15 pm Updated Dec. 17, 2012 6:53 pm

Al on NPR, Washington Post, LA Times talking about AlJezeera buying Current TV
Al on TV in Vegas
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Sept 2012- Al is quoted in The Fiji Times about PTSD in journalists

Sept 1.12 Oregon AG denies public records –Oregonian quotes Al

August 20, 2012-Al comments on the UGA student paper controversy

Knoxville newspaper quotes me about open records and Penn State scandal

North Central Florida public radio station interviews me about the shooting at the Colorado theater


Boston Herald interviews Al. 6.26.12

NBC Stations warn employees to watch their Tweets 1.24.12

Chicago Tribune-Illinois opens courts to cameras, “It is a big deal, and it’s not just a big deal for the media,” Tompkins said. “My excitement isn’t just for the newsrooms that might benefit from this, but it’s for the citizens who now will have free access to something that they were just hallway observers for.”

Those who are skeptical about allowing cameras inside courtrooms often raise concerns about whether the cameras could be a distraction or encourage defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges to play to the television audience.

But Tompkins said that years of recording trials in other states have proved those concerns to be largely unfounded. “There’s no reason to believe that a judge cannot keep decorum in a courtroom,” he said.

1.24.12 WGN Radio coverage quotes Al

1.24.12 Chicago Sun-Times coverage quotes Al

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