Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

DEADLINE: June 14, 2019
TEACHING DATE: Oct. 13-18, 2019
LOCATION: The Poynter Institute
COST: Free for selected applicants

A Poynter teaching partnership with The Washington Post

The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media is a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train journalists of color working in digital media to thrive, professionally and personally.

This seminar is honest about the challenges for journalists of color in management roles. It also provides the connections, confidence and skills to confront them. In a survey following up with participants from the 2018 academy, alumni report:

  • 100% apply something they learned at least once a week
  • 91% tap into their cohort for ideas and support
  • 75% are better at giving feedback to their direct reports

Carla Broyles, senior editor for recruitment and training at The Post, and Sharif Durhams, CNN Digital Editor, will lead Poynter’s 2019 program.

Accepted applicants will have direct access to top media executives, receive practical advice on career planning and gain a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully lead today’s digital news organizations.

“I am unspeakably lucky to have spent the week in St. Pete with truly some of the smartest, kindest and most inspiring people in media. For the first time, I didn’t feel alone in the newsroom/media — I felt like I had a support system of people I never knew existed.”

—  Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media participant


Carla Broyles
Senior Editor for Recruitment and Training
The Washington Post

Sharif Durhams
Digital Editor

Doris Truong
Director of Training and Diversity
The Poynter Institute

Butch Ward

Butch Ward
Poynter Affiliate
The Poynter Institute

The interactive, week-long academy will focus on critical skills journalists of color need on the path to leadership in digital journalism and technology. Sessions will explore:

  • Developing effective management styles
  • Understanding journalism business models
  • Navigating newsroom and digital culture
  • Building collaborative teams
  • Managing across differences
  • Audience engagement
  • Emerging technologies
  • Coaching critical thinking

The program will be structured to encourage open, candid discussion and mentoring, and participants will walk away with not only strong leadership skills, but a built-in support system for the future. All participants will get one-on-one coaching, seek and analyze 360-degree feedback and create a personal leadership strategy.

Read how one graduate used the skills they learned at Poynter’s Diversity Academy to negotiate for a history-making promotion.

Who Should Apply

All journalists of color working in the digital space with leadership responsibilities or demonstrated leadership potential.

Poynter and The Washington Post will select a group of 30 journalists for the program. Because of the small size of the class, the selection committee will give preference to emerging leaders currently working in digital media who can demonstrate an aptitude and potential for leadership through current projects and references.

“I wish every young editor could attend a seminar like this,” wrote one participant after graduation. “Forget the incredible amount of value we got just from the sessions during that week — when you factor in the network of support we left with afterward that is still strong two months later, it’s so invaluable.”


Thanks to the generous support of program sponsors, tuition for the academy is free.

Employers are encouraged to support participant travel. A limited number of travel stipends will be available.


We’d love to hear from you. Email us at seminars@poynter.org.