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The Poynter Institute just wrapped its fourth Teachapalooza, a conference for journalism educators who want to amp their multimedia skills and knowledge of current trends. The conference packed ideas, training and collaboration into a speedy three days for nearly 100 participants.

I’ve been with the Poynter ‘Palooza since its inception, and I find it one of the single most valuable experiences of my teaching year. It’s the brainchild of Al Tompkins, the institute’s senior faculty member for broadcast and online, and he pitched it as a chance to, “Catch up, power up and reignite your passion for teaching.”

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Steve Fox, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Bethany Swain, of the University of Maryland, play Go Fish as a fellow participant tests the software Vyclone. (Photo courtesy Mark E. Johnson)

Steve Fox, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Bethany Swain, of the University of Maryland, play Go Fish as a fellow participant tests the software Vyclone. Photo courtesy of Mark E. Johnson.

Kathleen Bartzen Culver (@kbculver) is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaching and researching at the intersection of ethics and digital media practices. Culver also serves as associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics and education curator for PBS MediaShift.