Poynter Promotes Excellence in Journalism Leadership

Poynter editing fellow Tom Huang takes a selfie with rising leaders at our Minority Writers Workshop.

There has never been a more important time to invest in journalism’s leaders.

As news organizations transform to meet audience demands, their leaders face new challenges amid diminishing resources. Ownership models are changing. Digital success is a moving target. Attacks on the media in the era of “fake news” bring into question the nature of truth.

Excellent journalism is essential to a healthy democracy. We need journalism’s leaders to be determined, visionary, principled and smart.

At the forefront of this mission, The Poynter Institute is offering more leadership programs in 2018 than ever since our founding in 1975. We are continuing to enhance our flagship leadership programs, the Leadership Academy and Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders, and strengthen new programs that focus on diversity in leadership. Our teaching includes:

Beyond our intensive leadership programs, our leadership faculty write about the topic on Poynter.org, conduct custom teaching for newsrooms and other organizations, and work with Poynter’s NewsU team to translate key lessons to a wider audience online.


Why Poynter?

Regularly described as “transformative” and “life-changing,” Poynter’s leadership programs are uniquely impactful. Here’s why Poynter training programs make the biggest difference in newsrooms today:

  • Attention to both personal and professional growth. Our programs are designed to strengthen journalism through leadership, which necessarily means tackling the industry’s biggest challenges like digital sustainability and ethics. But we believe change starts with the individual. We coach leaders on their 360-degree feedback and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (R), fostering insight into how they interact with people and information – and how to appreciate the approaches of others with different styles.
  • Luminary instructors. Poynter’s leadership faculty, Cheryl Carpenter, ensures the success of all our leadership programming. Carpenter’s skill set combines decades of award-winning newsroom leadership with intense academic study in leadership, coaching and organizational structure. Additionally, Poynter’s globally respected brand inspires the world’s leading journalists and media innovators to serve as instructors, coaches and guest faculty for our leadership programs.  
  • One-on-one coaching. Each Poynter leadership workshop includes one-on-one coaching with Poynter faculty and guest faculty. Participants can choose their coach and work with them on personal development and organizational strategy. These sessions help participants translate theory and insight into practical ideas they can implement in their newsroom right away.  
  • Community building. There is power in realizing you’re not alone. Reliably, the most meaningful – and effective – feature of Poynter training is the community we create. We design each training session to facilitate conversation and group work, building bonds between people struggling to solve the same issues. These participant-led communities exist beyond our training in Facebook groups, peer coaching websites, conference meet-ups, and the personal relationships that support and sustain participants as they continue striving in their careers.  
  • Commitment to confidentiality. True growth requires vulnerability and honesty. At the beginning of each leadership workshop, we establish a cone of silence. All conversations are off-the-record to encourage participants to have frank conversations about their challenges and opportunities. This real talk about real issues helps build strong communities and create lasting change.


How You Can Support Leadership in Journalism

Poynter is recognized as the global leader in journalism. Our dedication to excellence in leadership is demonstrated through our in-person and online trainings, effective community building and explanatory reporting. This work is essential to the future success and sustainability of journalism as a function of democracy. You can help elevate this work and protect democracy:

Sponsor training.

Endow the program. 

Become Involved. 

Make an individual contribution.

Subscribe to the Cohort. 


>>Learn more about our programs for women leaders in journalism here.

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