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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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    Craig Newmark Foundation gives $1 million to ProPublica

    The Craig Newmark Foundation, the philanthropic endeavor started by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, announced on Wednesday a $1 million gift to ProPublica.

    The gift will "allow ProPublica to deploy resources and address opportunities, including adding staff, where they are most needed over a wide range of issues in the public interest," according to an announcement from the investigative nonprofit.

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    Want to run an effective newsroom? Don't lead like Donald Trump

    It won’t be long now. Today, Donald Trump becomes “leader of the free world.”

    Might even be a tougher job than running a staff of journalists.

    It’s a situation that got me wondering: Should I be studying the President-elect’s approach to leadership? Could his style help the women and men who manage newsrooms and other staffs be more effective?

    The answer, I think, is mostly no.

    I shy away from bombast and self-promotion, believe in telling the truth, admit my mistakes and much prefer gathering facts to simply acting on my instincts.

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    Poynter’s leadership academy for women returns in March

    Mark your calendars. The Poynter Institute is proud to announce dates and details for the third Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.

    The transformative, week-long leadership program will take place the week of March 19-24, 2017, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Like past years, the tuition-free program is open to 28 participants and will offer leadership skills specific to digital media.

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    Want your newsroom to collaborate? Help veterans and beginners learn from each other

    The week of my 64th birthday began with an email from Ben, my editor.

    “This is too good,” read the subject line.

    No one recognizes a story pitch faster than a former editor.

    I braced myself.

    “There's a new sitcom about a veteran, decorated journalist managing a bunch of millennial reporters…. Would you take a look and let me know if you'd be willing to write something instructive?”

    A veteran journalist managing millennials. Hmm, I wondered: Which point of view was I expected to represent?

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    As financial uncertainty looms, how can you lead your newsroom through change?

    The news hits you like a thunderbolt. There’s a corporate reorganization. An offer is on the table or, even more definitively, your company is being sold. Countless thoughts race through your head, not the least of which is, "what does this mean to me?"

    But you have even more to be concerned about. Whether you are a top newsroom leader or a mid-level manager, your team is looking to you for information, for guidance and for the answer to that critical, personal question — not so much for you, but for themselves.

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