Ernest Hooper, a veteran journalist and communicator, will share his knowledge about newspapers and media with an emphasis on how public relations professionals can better connect with news editors and TV producers. Hooper, who currently serves as a columnist and bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times, also can present on how to become a better storyteller with sharp tips on capturing a reader or audience's attention. It's ideal for aspiring high school and collegiate journalists or professional writers hoping to improve on basic tenets. He also offers motivational speeches, keynote addresses and political commentary. He's an experienced emcee.
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Ernest Hooper is the East Hillsborough Bureau chief and columnist at the Tampa Bay Times. Hooper joined the Times in 1992 and has worked as a prep sports writer and editor, TV/radio sports columnist, NFL writer, news columnist and unofficial ambassador, representing the Times as an emcee, judge or keynote speaker at hundreds of nonprofit events and civic functions. Hooper added the role of East Hillsborough Bureau chief in 2012. He oversees news content for the Times' regional edition east of Tampa, the SouthShore & Brandon Times, and writes two columns a week. His commentaries about family, community issues and political perspectives have helped Hooper connect with readers over the years, but he's probably best known for his signature tagline: That's all I'm saying.
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