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The Cohort is a bi-monthly newsletter written by Katie Hawkins-Gaar, Poynter's digital innovation faculty member and organizer of the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. It's a newsletter, and a community, for you — rad women working and kicking ass in digital media (fans of those women are welcome here, too).

Why focus on women in digital media? Because there's a massive disparity between the number of women entering the field and those working at the highest levels of the industry. Long-standing issues like pay inequality and sexism in the workplace still exist. And we know from the overwhelming number of talented journalists that apply for the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media that there's a hunger for more training, resources and support for rising women leaders.

Each issue includes thoughts, articles and resources related to women in leadership. The newsletters also showcase the great work you all are producing — featuring a new woman making waves in digital media. Every so often, we'll also bring in guest curators to share their views of the world.

You can subscribe to The Cohort, or follow along on this page. New issues are published every other Thursday. If you'd like to brag about a project or say hello, you can reach Katie at katie@poynter.org or join the conversation on Twitter with #digitalwomenleaders.

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The Cohort: Should women stop using exclamation points at work?

Welcome back to The Cohort. We’re joined again this week by Liz Plank, a senior correspondent at Vox Media and the co-host of a forthcoming podcast exploring divisions amongst women in America. The Cohort’s founder, Katie Hawkins-Gaar, returns next month. She sends her love. Thanks! Looking forward! You rock! Why do I feel the … Read More
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The Cohort: Can we be both real and our best on social media?

A note from the editor: Hi, everyone! This is Kristen Hare, editor of The Cohort. We’re back for a few more editions without Katie (miss you, friend). I’m so excited to introduce you all to Liz Plank. Liz is a senior correspondent at Vox Media and the co-host of a forthcoming podcast exploring divisions amongst women … Read More
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Sometimes you need to lean out

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. One of the most common pieces of work advice I give women is to know when and how to put themselves first. We need to be healthy, physically and mentally, in order to be effective leaders, productive employees and empathetic coworkers. We need … Read More
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How do you stay sane in a dizzying news cycle?

This essay originally appeared in The Cohort, our bi-weekly newsletter for women kicking ass in digital media. It’s a question I hear often as a journalist, and I’m sure many of you do, too: How do you deal with all these attacks on your credibility and “alternative facts,” especially in this dizzying news cycle? I’m proud of … Read More
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The moment I knew I wasn't going to be a conflict photographer

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. I remember the moment I knew I wasn’t going to be a conflict photographer. I was a freelance photojournalist based in Mumbai, India, and in New York for a week visiting prospective clients. All assignments mattered, but there was one publication that I held to an … Read More
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How to be a low-key leader

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. A few years after starting my career, I was promoted to assistant features editor at a daily newspaper. And...I didn’t love it. Maybe I hadn’t had enough time to report and write, but it wasn’t the leadership role I imagined when I applied. It … Read More
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In memory

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Hi. This is Kristen Hare. I’m a reporter at Poynter, but you may know me from Katie’s clever sign-offs at the bottom of this newsletter. As The Cohort’s editor, I’m usually behind the scenes. This week, I’m stepping in for Katie. On Feb. 4, Katie’s husband, … Read More
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To protest or not to protest? It's not a simple question

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about whether journalists should participate in political demonstrations and online conversations. While the guidance has always been fairly straightforward (simply put: no), the events of the past few weeks and number of political protests have reignited the debate … Read More
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Expanding the cohort, again

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. This newsletter launched a year ago with the announcement of the 2016 class of the Leadership Academy of Women in Digital Media. Today, we’re expanding the cohort once more, with another 28 women who will participate in the academy. Reading through the … Read More
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This year, try focusing on job fulfillment

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Happy 2017, friends! I gave up on yearlong resolutions a few years back, but I still adore fresh beginnings and all the promise they hold. Instead of setting specific goals this year, I’m focusing on the kind of work I want to do, the kinds of days … Read More
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Does ‘badass’ belong in the workplace?

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. During the 2015 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, we put together a short video asking participants the best and worst words used to describe women in leadership. Of the 12 women who shared positive descriptors, two said “badass” and one decided on “kick-ass.” Those … Read More
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As election news carries on, so does the need for self-care

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I caught up on several post-election podcasts. Nearly all of the conversations veered towards self-care. From Another Round’s Heben Nigatu and Bim Adewunmi to Call Your Girlfriend’s Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, the women I listened to checked in … Read More
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What I learned from talking to women who voted for Trump

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Editor's note: This version contains a graph that was inadvertently edited out of the newsletter. Fifty-three percent of White women voted for Donald Trump. Fifty-three percent. Out of all the statistics that emerged from the presidential election, that’s the one … Read More
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When do you say yes to extra work?

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. There’s one bit of career advice I often find myself battling: Do you say yes to all opportunities or pick and choose wisely? Tina Fey lives by the motto “Say yes, and you'll figure it out afterward.” Others … Read More
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Confidence matters — but how do you find it?

The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. There’s a common refrain I hear from women, whether through Poynter seminars, at conferences or during conversations with friends: they don’t feel confident. This isn’t surprising. Research shows that women across the world lack the self-esteem of men, … Read More
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