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Your Weekly Training Digest from The Poynter Institute

December 3, 2019

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Thank you for reading and for supporting Poynter. We hope to see you in the new year at one of these trainings:

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: Dec. 7. 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. 9. Apply now.

Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship: 2020-2021

Experiential fellowship blending educational opportunities with work experience, June 2020-May 2021

Are you an early career journalist who wants to accelerate your future? The Poynter-Koch Media & Journalism Fellowship provides the cohort, coaching and career-starting job you need to level up as a media professional.

Unique and central to the program is understanding the crucial role of free speech and a free press in our society. As a fellow, you will be simultaneously employed by participating organizations and immersed in cutting-edge curriculum to develop your professional skills.

Join more than 3,000 alumni of the Koch program, now co-led by Poynter faculty.

The next session begins in June 2020. Apply by Feb. 28. 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. You’ll leave the workshop feeling more optimistic about your relationship with your community, ready to empower your colleagues to take ownership of the problem of trust.

Cost: $39. Deadline: Dec. 13. Apply now.


Poynter Leadership Academy
In-person, Sept. 20-25
This highly interactive, five-day program offers participants the chance to refine their leadership styles, update their understanding of management and media trends and tools, and receive personal coaching that will accelerate their effectiveness as leaders. Apply by Aug 3. Cost: $1,750. 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.


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.

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.


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.

Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders (Spring)
In-person seminar at the Poynter Institute, March 29-April 3
This popular five-day seminar will give new managers the tools and confidence to lead and grow a staff of high-performing journalists. Apply by: Feb. 17. Cost: $1,550. 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
In-person, Nov. 12-15
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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