Welcome to the new members of Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media! Plus, deadline is Friday for Leadership Academy

September 10, 2019

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In partnership with The Washington Post, the Poynter Institute announced this week the 30 journalists selected for its fourth annual Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, which will take place at Poynter next month.

“The journalists we chose for this year’s academy are the people eager for the launchpad that this training will provide to accelerate their growth,” said Doris Truong, Poynter’s director of training and diversity. “Just as important, their managers see their promise — which Poynter will nurture. I’m proud of the emphasis Poynter and our partners place on ensuring that journalists of color will be at the forefront of important newsroom decisions.”

This group will join a network of 75 graduates who regularly describe their experience in the Diversity Academy as “life-changing” and “transformational.” Congrats!

Here are more professional development opportunities through Poynter with fast-approaching deadlines:

Leadership Academy

In-person seminar at the Poynter Institute, Oct. 6-11

At Leadership Academy, you’ll receive personalized feedback from your boss, peers and direct reports. You’ll also receive expert one-on-one coaching from Poynter faculty — and learn how to give actionable feedback to others. You’ll return home with more confidence in the strengths you have to develop your newsroom staff and better serve your audiences.

“‘Exceptional’ is not an overstatement,” said Dana Sitar, an editor at The Penny Hoarder and graduate from Poynter’s 2018 Leadership Academy. “This training is the most important step I’ve taken for me in my career in a long time.”

Now it’s your turn to invest in your career. Apply by Friday for Poynter’s original, premiere leadership seminar.

Cost: $1,595. Deadline: Sept. 13. Apply now.

Covering the 2020 Census — South Florida

In-person, Miami Herald Office, Oct. 28-29

Starting now, people across the U.S. need to be informed about the 2020 census — how they can participate, what happens with their information and how that information affects their communities, and the entire nation, for the next decade.

This free, intensive two-day workshop will arm journalists in South Florida, specifically Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, with the sources, background, context and data skills they need to accurately and vigorously cover how the U.S. government counts its residents.

En este taller, ¿necesitas traducción simultanea al Español? Caso positivo, envia un email a seminars@poynter.org para registrar tu pedido lo más pronto posible.

Cost: Free. Deadline: Sept. 23. Apply now.

(If you want Poynter to bring this popular workshop to your area, please fill out this interest form.)

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 new leader, manage people who were once your peers and conduct difficult conversations that get results.

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

How to Avoid Being Sued: Defamation Law in the 21st Century

Webinar, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern

Are you doing everything you can to avoid lawsuits and litigation? With stories being pushed out at lightning speed, journalists are more susceptible than ever to errors and inaccuracies — mistakes that can quickly balloon into legal battles.

This webinar, hosted by the former vice president and assistant general counsel of The New York Times’ legal department, will help you navigate the tricky world of defamation and show how you can protect yourself and your organization from accusations of libel or slander. Cost: Free. Enroll now.


How to Cover the Arts on Any Beat
Webinar, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern

This webinar will give resource-strapped journalists sustainable approaches to incorporating arts coverage in business, government, education, features and breaking news stories. Cost: Free. 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.