Grants available for innovative fact-checkers, plus Global Fact 7, Leadership Academy for Women and more

Your Weekly Training Digest from The Poynter Institute

November 20, 2019

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Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, launched the Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative to support your next big idea around innovation in the fact-checking ecosystem.

This initiative is now open to the global fact-checking community and will provide grants to 10 recipients. Grants will be given out in three tiers — $15,000, $50,000 and $70,000 — and support projects that focus on one of the following:

  1. New formats
  2. Sustainable business models
  3. Technology-assisted fact-checking
  4. Innovative media literacy solutions

Learn more about the grants here. Also, mark your calendar for IFCN’s Global Fact-Checking Summit in Oslo this June!

Leadership Academy for Women in Media

In-person seminar at the Poynter Institute, Feb. 23-28; April 19-24; or Oct. 4-9

Now in its sixth year, this highly competitive and transformative program focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of digital media leadership. Sessions will cover how to develop effective management styles, handle difficult conversations, manage burnout, master negotiation tactics and find newsroom allies. We will host three women’s leadership academies in 2020, each open to 30 participants.

These programs are structured to encourage open and candid discussion, exploration of issues unique to women, and hands-on mentoring. Participants will walk away with strong leadership skills, feedback from their colleagues, individualized career plans and a built-in support system of peers.

Cost: $1,095. Travel stipends and tuition scholarships are available.

Deadline: Nov. 30. Apply now.

How Any Journalist Can Earn Trust

In-person workshop at the Poynter Institute, Feb. 10

Stop thinking of distrust in journalism as an unsolvable, big-picture problem. Instead, find concrete ways everyone in your organization can work to demonstrate credibility and earn trust every day.

In this one-day workshop with the leaders of Trusting News, you’ll hear what we’ve learned about the most common causes of mistrust. You’ll see what newsrooms are already doing to address mistrust, and how we know it’s working. And, you’ll leave the workshop feeling more optimistic about your relationship with your community and be ready to empower your colleagues to take ownership of the problem of trust.

Cost: $39. Deadline: Nov. 29. Apply Now.

A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Jails — Dallas

Regional seminar at WFAA-TV, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 22-23

This intensive two-day workshop will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of local jail incarceration and explore some ways that communities are addressing the issue. Poynter’s experts and experienced journalists will help reporters find engaging stories and reliable data so they can provide aggressive and thoughtful coverage of this vitally important topic. The sessions will be practical, inspiring and non-political.

Cost: Free for selected applicants.

Deadline: Dec. 2. 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. Throughout this course, you’ll gain practical ideas to share with your colleagues and a new energy to bring to your work. With decades of success stories — many of our graduates are now news directors and executive producers — this opportunity can launch your career.

Cost. $550. Deadline: Feb. 17. Apply 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. Deadline: Dec. 1. 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.

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

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.


State Broadcasters Association: Covering the 2020 Elections – Member Enrollment
Training dates: Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. Eastern
Are you a member of your State’s Broadcast Association? Did you know that you have complimentary access to specialized Poynter training, led by Al Tompkins, designed to improve your coverage of the 2020 elections? Contact your association for the coupon code. Value: $600. Enroll 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.


A Journalists Guide to Covering Jails — Baltimore
Regional training in Baltimore, Maryland, March 5-6
This intensive two-day workshop will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of local jail incarceration and explore some ways that communities are addressing the issue. The sessions will be practical, inspiring and non-political. Deadline: Jan. 10. Cost: Free for selected applicants. Apply 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.

A Journalists Guide to Covering Jails — Memphis
Regional training in Memphis, Tennessee, June 24-25
This intensive two-day workshop will focus on understanding the causes and consequences of local jail incarceration and explore some ways that communities are addressing the issue. The sessions will be practical, inspiring and non-political. Deadline: April 24. Cost: Free for selected applicants. Apply Now.

The Power of Diverse Voices: The Poynter Minority Writers Workshop
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.

Investigating Jails
Self-directed course
This course is organized into three, one-hour lessons each centered on an area of great importance in covering jails: mental illness, financial injustice and mistreatment. Each lesson features one or two journalism projects as a driving vehicle for learning, breaking down the reporting process for each with the help of the journalist behind the piece. Cost: Free. Enroll Now.



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