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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’s written by innovation faculty member Katie Hawkins-Gaar, organizer 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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    You're making the abrupt leap from staffer to boss. Now what?

    It is Friday afternoon and you’re a reporter at the top of your game.

    Your story is featured on the newsroom’s homepage. Your inbox is filled with tips from sources, requests from viewers, complaints from city council members. A young reporter asks for your advice. A local journalism professor wants you to teach her class.

    But all of this is about to change.

    For come Monday morning, you will become an editor. In an awkward ritual that plays out routinely in newsrooms everywhere, successful reporters, photographers and other journalists take a scary leap.

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    There’s no ‘I’ in team, especially if you’re a woman

    You spend months pouring time and energy into a big project. Requirements change, plans become more ambitious and you take on extra responsibilities to keep everything on track. Despite the challenges, you meet deadlines, appease coworkers and the team keeps humming along, thanks to your efforts.

    The project is released and earns industry accolades. Your boss is quoted in coverage. Your hotshot colleague is invited to speak on a panel. Your contributions largely go unnoticed.

    If you’re a woman working in digital media, there’s a good chance this scenario feels familiar.

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    Sticking to your management resolutions is tough. These good habits can help.

    Like a lot of people, I’m more than halfway through this year’s observance of Lent. And something I read the other day about reaching a deeper spirituality got me thinking about another of my aspirations — understanding how to be a better manager.

    Here's the author's admonition: Unless you make time for spiritual exercise every day, your journey will surely be derailed.

    I’m familiar with the derailed part. My life is littered with all types of resolutions that, looking back, became best — and unfulfilled — intentions.

  • Leadership


    The difference between 'fixing' and 'coaching'

    Every editor must learn to fix stories, but fixing is not the same as coaching. Coaching is the human side of editing. It serves the reader by making the story and the writer better at the same time.

    Here are some key differences between coaching and fixing:

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    Just do it: The no-excuses approach to becoming a better manager

    What, I ask managers, would you like to change about the way you lead?

    “I’d like to be a better planner,” one says. “I’d like to be more flexible,” says another. “I’d like to be less impatient,” says a third.

    Be, be, be. I’d like to be…

    But what will you do in order to be a better leader?

    That’s the hard part.

  • Leadership


    How are you helping your staff improve? Maybe you need a strategy.

    Somewhere along the line, I realized that two kinds of managers worked in newsrooms.

    The first kind I could always find; they were working at their computer screens.

    The second kind often tested my tracking skills. They might be in the cafeteria. They might be sitting in a quiet conference room. They might be across the room, leaning against a staffer’s desk.

    They were with someone. And they were talking.

  • Leadership


    Managers, does your staff trust you? Try building your campaign on these 8 ideas.

    Whether they're standing behind podiums, working the crowd or appealing to me on my TV screen, every candidate’s message is, at its core, the same:

    You can trust me.

    Some pledge to return America to greatness. Some promise to lower my taxes. Some assure me I won’t have to worry about competing for jobs with people from someplace else.

    They promise, again and again, and we get to spend the better part of two years mulling whether any of these presidential candidates will get our trust — or at least our vote.

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