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Your Weekly Training Digest from The Poynter Institute

October 23, 2019

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At Poynter this week are the 29 women selected as the fall cohort of Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media — our final cohort of 2019. As you can imagine, the energy level is high and the cohort is already finding its magic. Follow along this week at #digitalwomenleaders or #poyntersisters.

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Apply for ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator 2020 — applications close Oct. 31.

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Applications for Poynter’s 2020 Leadership Academies for Women in Media will be made public Nov. 1.

More good news: We’ve added training opportunities coming in 2020 to the selection below. Happy learning!

Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders

In-person seminar at the Poynter Institute, Dec. 8-13

This popular five-day seminar will give you the tools and confidence to lead and grow a staff of high-performing journalists. This course is ideal for new managers, leaders with little formal training and/or journalists about to get promoted.

You will learn how to establish your credibility as a leader, manage people who were once your peers and conduct difficult conversations that get results.

Cost: $1,395. Deadline: Oct. 28. Apply now.

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Navigating Ethical Dilemmas: Connecting Core Values and Journalistic Action

Online Group Seminar, Nov. 10 — Dec. 10, 2019

Have you recently faced an ethical dilemma and weren’t quite sure how to handle it? This course, led by the chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter, Kelly McBride, gives journalists and journalism organizations a toolkit to navigate the ethical dilemmas inherent in news gathering, reporting and publishing. You will also develop an ethical decision-making process that you can apply in your daily work.

Cost. $399. Deadline: Nov. 9. Enroll now.

A limited number of scholarships of up to 50% of the course tuition are available to applicants with demonstrated need. To apply for a scholarship, email

MPA/Poynter: Executive Development Program 2019

In-person New York City, New York, Dec. 3-4

The Poynter Institute and MPA – The Association of Magazine Media – are teaming up to provide aspiring publishers with a unique opportunity to accelerate their careers.

MPA leaders can now nominate applicants for the first Poynter/MPA Executive Development Program, which includes a two-day career accelerator in New York. This program is intended to grow the capacity of the next generation of local magazine leaders, focusing on how to lead through change, grow revenue and manage conflict.

Deadline: Nov. 4. Apply now.

ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar (Fall 2019)

Online Group Seminar, Nov. 10 — Dec. 15, 2019

This in-depth editing online group seminar is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level. You’ll hone your skills and edit strategically, going beyond editing for style, grammar and punctuation.

When you’re done, you will have expertise in substantive editing and know how to use critical thinking skills across multiple platforms and disciplines. You’ll also get coaching and feedback from the experts at the ACES: The Society for Editing.

Cost. $449. Deadline: Nov. 9. Enroll now.


Poynter/ACES Advanced Editing Certificate Training Package (Fall 2019)
Online group seminar, Nov. 10 – Dec. 12
This is Poynter’s most advanced editing certificate. It contains the Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing and an Online Group Seminar starting Nov. 10. Deadline: Nov. 9Cost: $600. Enroll Now.

The Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) Program: A Poynter Institute Executive Fellowship
In-person seminar at the Poynter Institute, Jan. 2020 – Jan. 2021
Fellows in the executive-level Media Transformation Challenge, which began in 2007 as the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University, will come to Poynter in 2020 for week-long sessions and year-round coaching to improve the sustainability and profitability of their news organizations. Apply by Dec. 1. Apply Now.

Media Innovation Tour
In-person, Oct. 26-30, 2020

In this weeklong tour, you will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of major media organizations in Washington D.C. and New York City. Apply by Aug 1. Cost: $8,250. Apply Now.

Poynter Leadership Academy
In-person, Sept. 20-25
This is Poynter’s premier seminar for high-potential managers to refine their leadership styles and update their understanding of management trends. Apply by Aug 3. Cost: $1,750. Apply Now.


Poynter Producer Project
Online: March 10-April 7; In-person: March 27-29
This unique seminar will help you expand your expertise as a TV producer with new writing, storytelling, coaching and ethical decision-making skills. We’re combining the best of online learning with in-person coaching and mentoring to help you tell stronger stories and make those tough calls on deadline. Apply by Feb. 17. Cost: $550. Apply Now.

TV Power Reporting Academy
Online: Sept. 8-Oct. 6; In-Person: Sept. 25-27
In this hybrid online and in-person training, you will get individual feedback on your work, hone your critical thinking and learn to find the stories that others miss. When you’re done, you’ll have a toolkit full of practical skills and a roadmap to move your career ahead. Apply by Aug. 17. Cost: $550. Apply Now.


Trusting News Webinar Series
Webinar No. 3, April 8, at noon Eastern
Empower your journalism organization to demonstrate credibility and earn trust with this series of five webinars led by Trusting News founder and director Joy Mayer. Cost: Free. Enroll Now.

Summit for Reporters and Editors
In-person, May 3-8

In this week-long specialized training, you will learn to use digital approaches and narrative writing techniques to transform your work, whether it’s a daily story or a major project. Apply by March 27. Cost: $1,550. Apply Now.

Teachapalooza: Front Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators
In-person, June 5-7

This seminar will get you up-to-date on the technology and trends that shape journalism, show you the latest ways educators are using innovation in their classrooms, and focus on data storytelling and new storytelling platforms. Apply by April 30. Cost: $350. Early-bird pricing: $299 for first 50 registrants. Apply Now.

The Power of Diverse Voices
In-person, Nov. 12-15, 2020
This transformative four-day seminar will help journalists from a wide spectrum of backgrounds find their voices and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays. Apply by July 31. Cost: Free for selected applicants. Apply Now.


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