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Newsroom managers are being called on to be more versatile than ever before. That’s why Poynter, with more than four decades of teaching leaders, has developed programs designed to expand every manager’s skill set — and the confidence to use those skills. This page is your headquarters for our Leadership curriculum.

Visit us often for news on the latest Poynter in-person training — seminars and conferences ranging from the career-starting Essential Skills for New Managers to our Media Innovation Tour. Got unique needs? Learn how to arrange for a member of Poynter’s leadership faculty to provide your newsroom with a customized session that meets your organization’s specific goals. 

Come here to read The Cohort, and catch up on the latest news involving women working in digital media. It was founded by former innovation faculty member Katie Hawkins-Gaar as a way to continue conversations about leadership with alumnae of the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. And while you’re reading, check out the latest advice, encouragement or perspective from current and former newsroom leaders such as Marty Kaiser of The Washington Post, Meghann Farnsworth of Recode or Mizell Stewart III of the USA TODAY Network.

Pressed for time? Discover our online leadership courses on topics ranging from Managing Creative People to The Language of Coaching and Telling Great Investigative Stories with Dwindling Resources. If you’re serious about improving your leadership skills, Poynter can help. And this page is a good place to start your journey. Welcome.

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  • Leadership

    Article

    Q&A with incoming NLGJA President Sharif Durhams: ‘Having more diversity ... is a priority’

    Truong: What made you run for NLGJA president?

    Durhams: NLGJA has given so much to me in my career, and I've long done what I could to give back to our group. I've served as a co-chair of one of our conventions and been on our board of directors for several years. This is just an evolution in my service.

    NLGJA's presidents have historically come from similar backgrounds. You're the first black president. How will your experiences distinguish your presidency?

  • In-person teaching

    Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders

    This year’s seminar will be led by Poynter's leadership dream team: current leadership faculty Cheryl Carpenter and previous leadership faculty Butch Ward. Combined, they have decades of experience leading Pulitzer Prize-winning newsrooms, training managers around the world on ethics and business and espousing Poynter’s unique brand of personalized teaching. 

    Carpenter and Ward will be joined by other members of Poynter’s faculty along with some of the country’s leading news managers and innovators. Please check this page for instructor updates.

  • In-person teaching

    Poynter Leadership Academy

    At Leadership Academy, you’ll receive personalized 360-feedback from your boss, peers and direct reports. You’ll also receive expert one-on-one coaching from Poynter faculty — and learn how to give actionable feedback to others. You’ll return home with more confidence in the strengths you have to develop your newsroom staff and better serve your audiences.

  • In-person teaching

    Leadership Academies for Women in Digital Media (2019 Programs)

    Poynter directly impacts your career 

    We launched our first Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media in 2014. Applications grew exponentially, with the 2018 program attracting more than 600 applicants for 28 seats. Why? The Poynter women’s leadership training alters careers and changes lives. In a 2018 survey of graduates from our first three years of the program, we learned: 

  • In-person teaching

    Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders

    This year’s seminar will be led by Poynter's leadership dream team: current leadership faculty Cheryl Carpenter and previous leadership faculty Butch Ward. Combined, they have decades of experience leading Pulitzer Prize-winning newsrooms, training managers around the world on ethics and business and espousing Poynter’s unique brand of personalized teaching. 

    Carpenter and Ward will be joined by other members of Poynter’s faculty along with some of the country’s leading news managers and innovators. Please check this page for instructor updates.

  • In-person teaching

    The Poynter College Media Project (2018-19)

    What you will learn

    In its pilot year, Poynter's College Media Project supported the first-ever Blacktivism conference at Howard University, an expanded, impactful campus-wide debate at Virginia Tech and an ongoing special project, “Voices of Iowa State.” The project also taught student journalists:

  • From the Institute

    Article

    Charting the rise of three women in journalism

    Swati Sharma landed her dream job as deputy editor of Atlantic.com. Megan Greenwell is now editor-in-chief of Deadspin. Dhiya Kuriakose designed her own job–twice–and is now senior director of development strategy and syndication at Condé Nast Entertainment. 

 
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