July 18, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 18, 2018) – The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, is once again partnering with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) to host the Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, occurring this year Dec. 2-7. Applications for the weeklong, transformative program are now open. 

Despite making up 41 percent of the overall population in the United States, people of color only constitute 16.5 percent of the workforce in online-only and daily print news organizations, according to the 2017 American Society of News Editors (ASNE) diversity survey. Only 25.5 percent of newsrooms have at least one minority in a top-three leadership position. 

“It’s indisputable: For journalism to be more honest and effective we need more journalists of color in leadership positions in our newsrooms,” said Poynter president Neil Brown. “This program offers in-depth conversation and training that will enhance the work and the career development of current and future newsroom managers. Newsrooms must reflect the communities they serve, and media organizations must cultivate a workplace culture that takes advantage of our diversity and different experiences.”

Mizell Stewart III, senior director of talent, partnerships and news strategy at the USA TODAY Network, will return to lead Poynter’s 2018 program, bringing with him all-star faculty and fresh sessions. Accepted applicants will learn about managing new technologies, get feedback on challenges such as how to get your ideas heard by senior leaders and build skills for transitioning to corporate leadership.

“We are excited to open applications for the third year of the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy,” Stewart said. “Those selected will have direct access to top media executives, receive practical advice on career planning and gain a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully lead today’s digital news organizations.”

Participants will also benefit from one-on-one coaching in a program past attendees have described as "life-changing." 

Guest faculty this year include:

  • Sharif Durhams, Senior Editor for News and Alerting, CNN Digital
  • Richard J. Dyer, President and General Manager, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.
  • Rashida Jones, Senior Vice President, Specials, NBC News and MSNBC
  • Rob King, Senior Vice President, Original Content Newsgathering and Digital Media, ESPN
  • Roland S. Martin, Managing Editor, TV ONE; Host, Roland Martin Unfiltered; Senior Analyst, "The Tom Joyner Morning Show"
  • Erin Peterson, Investigative Executive Producer, TEGNA 
  • Joanie Vasiliades, Director of Digital Content, TEGNA
  • Anne Vasquez, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Tribune Publishing
  • Benét Wilson, Owner and Editor-In-Chief, Aviation Queen, LLC
  • Keith Woods, Vice President, Newsroom Training and Diversity, NPR

Apply now for the 2018 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. 

All Poynter leadership programs are structured to encourage open, candid discussion and mentoring. Each participant will receive one-on-one coaching, seek and analyze 360 feedback and create a personal leadership strategy. Participants will walk away with not only strong leadership skills, but a built-in support system for the future. 

The Poynter-NABJ leadership diversity program is not limited to African-American journalists. We strongly encourage journalists of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply. 

Up to 25 participants will be selected. Because of the small size of the class, the selection committee will give preference to emerging leaders currently working in digital media who can demonstrate an aptitude and potential for leadership through current projects and references.

The application deadline is Aug. 17. Accepted applicants will be announced in September.

About The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st-century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in seven languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.

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