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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.

Poynter Results

  • Leadership


    New SPJ director: ‘A huge priority is to stem the attacks on journalists’

    Alison Bethel McKenzie has been a reporter and editor for big-city papers like the Boston Globe and the Detroit News, has directed Legal Times and the Nassau Guardian, and, for five years, was executive director of the Vienna-based International Press Institute. On Monday, she was named executive director for the Society of Professional Journalists. In a Q&A, she talked about the evolving mission of SPJ and about her move to SPJ’s headquarters in Indianapolis.

  • Business


    Nicole Carroll named editor-in-chief of USA Today

    It was as a seventh-grader, growing up in Canyon, Texas, that Nicole Carroll first developed the journalism bug. There wasn't a newspaper at her junior high, so she and some friends started one, The Eagle's Eye, and distributed mimeographed copies in the lunchroom.

  • Leadership


    What a billionaire can do for a paper (Hint: It’s not always good)

    A blessing. A curse. A visionary. A deluded, know-it-all, out-of-their-element disaster. 

    If anyone knows the mixed bag a billionaire buying a media property can be, it's Dan Kennedy. He’s an associate journalism professor at Northeastern University and author of "The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the 21st Century." We asked Dan about the recent purchase of the Los Angeles Times and the track record of billionaires in publishing. 

  • Leadership


    Watch Katharine Graham's steely description of her Pentagon Papers moment

    Katharine Graham, the late indomitable publisher of the Washington Post, is having a new moment in the spotlight thanks to the Steven Spielberg movie, “The Post.”

    The film’s focus is squarely on Graham (portrayed by Meryl Streep) as she and editor Ben Bradlee (played by Tom Hanks) grapple with the decision to publish the Pentagon Papers.

  • Digital Tools


    13 questions to ask before adopting new tools or changes in the newsroom

    Getting people to try new things in the workplace can be challenging. But it’s nearly impossible after they’ve witnessed change after botched change tossed aside to progress’ junk heap.

    As newsroom leaders, colleagues and employees, it’s our duty to keep open to change and work to make sure our coworkers remain willing, too.

    There are four distinct attitudes about change in any workplace: willing adopters, cautious enthusiasts, skeptics and the fatigued. 

  • Leadership


    A who's who of editors point to their greatest influence: journalism leader Paul Steiger

    Among the journalists that Paul E. Steiger oversaw as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal are the current editors-in-chief of CNBC and Reuters. Other former protégés of Steiger now hold top positions at Time Inc., The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.

    “Steiger’s greatest legacy may be the people he developed,” says Kyle Pope, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. Pope, of course, used to work for Steiger (as did the author of this article).

  • In-person teaching

    Poynter Producer Project

    What Will I Learn:

    • How to find stories that others miss
    • How to find a focus for your story
    • A framework for making ethical decisions on deadline
    • How to write clear, clean copy
    • Techniques for managing peers, managers and subordinates


    Who Should Take This Course:

    Producers at any stage in their career, including associate and newscast producers as well as executive producers.

  • 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.

    You’ll learn how to:

  • In-person teaching

    Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders

    You’ll receive personalized feedback — from your newsroom — about your strengths and challenges. You’ll get help for leading your staff through the transition of becoming digital-first. You’ll get customized advice for addressing your most pressing concerns with coaching from Poynter faculty, one-on-one.

    You’ll return home with confidence and management tools that will begin paying dividends immediately.

    You’ll learn how to:

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