Impeachment: What’s different for journalists this time around?

Your Weekly Training Digest from the Poynter Institute

October 9, 2019

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Unlike the Mueller Report, which required a PolitiFact book club to sift through the 448-page investigation, the whistleblower’s complaint that launched an impeachment inquiry is just nine pages. That doesn’t mean the story is any easier to cover.

Poynter’s PolitiFact returns to News University this Thursday to help fellow journalists elevate their reporting and rise to the occasion of this historic moment. You’ll learn how this impeachment process stacks up against Clinton’s and Nixon’s — and how modern issues like online misinformation and social media might impact impeachment today.

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Understanding Impeachment: A Guide for Journalists and Citizens

Webinar, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. Eastern

Enroll now in this webinar with PolitiFact editor Angie Holan and senior correspondent Louis Jacobson to understand the nuts and bolts of impeachment. You’ll learn about historical examples of impeachment — and how the current political dynamics might impact the process now. You’ll leave with new ideas about your coverage priorities and how you can prepare for disinformation and inaccurate political messaging.

Cost: Special low price of $14.95. Enroll 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

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.

Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders

In-Person Teaching, 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.


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 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 now to get the help you need to lead your media organization into the future. Deadline: Dec. 1Cost: $28,500. Apply Now.

Poynter-ACES Advanced Editing Certificate Training Package (Fall 2019)
Online group seminar, Nov. 10 – Dec. 12
This advanced editing certificate is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level. It’s a comprehensive training program for editors and writers who want to hone their skills and edit strategically instead of just tactically. This course package contains the Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing and an Online Group Seminar starting on Nov. 10, 2019. Please note that enrolling in the courses separately will not count toward the advanced certificate. Deadline: Nov. 9Cost: $600. Enroll Now.


Trusting News Webinar Series
Webinar No. 2, Oct. 16 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.

How to Cover the Arts on Any Beat
Broadcast date: Sept. 10, 2019
This webinar will give resource-strapped journalists sustainable approaches to incorporating arts coverage in business, government, education, features and breaking news stories. Cost: Free. Watch Replay Now.

Covering Immigration Enforcement
Broadcast date:
 Jan. 31, 2019
This webinar presents information about the immigration system and enforcement and detention under the Trump administration. It will help reporters cover one of the top issues that is generating stories in every corner of the country. Cost: $29.95. Watch Replay Now.

Reporting on the Cannabis Industry
Broadcast date: Feb. 8, 2018
This webinar will teach you the importance of understanding the cannabis business. You will learn how to explain the terms relating to the plant, the different legal categories of the drug across the United States, and how journalists can be more accurate when reporting around cannabis. Cost: $29.95. Watch Replay Now.


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