Election Polling: The Good, the Bad and Raising the Bar on 2020 Coverage

Your Weekly Training Digest from the Poynter Institute

September 26, 2019

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This week, Poynter welcomes 11 local newspapers and public radio stations to St. Petersburg, Florida, for the third round of Table Stakes.

Poynter’s Table Stakes program is part of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative. It is designed to help news organizations learn what they need to do to make the successful transition to sustainable digital publishing and build a culture of performance-driven change.

The second round of Table Stakes wrapped up this spring, with encouraging results to report: See how the Anchorage Daily News went from bankrupt to making money.

Good luck to this year’s group! Here are other Poynter opportunities coming your way:

Election Polling: The Good, the Bad and Raising the Bar on 2020 Coverage

George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Oct. 4

The Poynter Institute and its Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership are pleased to present a free, invitation-only workshop aimed at elevating the journalism around political polls and electoral competition and provoking ideas for fresh, fair and consequential coverage.

We are inviting about 40 pollsters, reporters, editors and academics to participate in a day of active conversations on best practices in polling. The discussions will help produce a report for wider dissemination to media practitioners and consumers. As the 2020 national and local campaigns gain traction, it is time to challenge the industry to succeed in the highest standards of journalistic and storytelling excellence. Request an invitation by Sept. 26.

Media Innovation Tour

Poynter’s Media Innovation Tour

Washington, D.C., and New York City, Oct. 20-25

Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the most prestigious media organizations in Washington, D.C., and New York City with Poynter president Neil Brown. Tour stops include: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Geographic, American Press Institute, Pew Research Center, Politico, PolitiFact, Chartbeat, The Atlantic and Instagram. The small group size and exclusivity gives you direct access to the best minds in the news business. This face-to-face access is one reason why past participants rave about the opportunity as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Only one spot remains available. Apply now.

Cost: $8,250. Deadline: Sept. 24.

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 leader, even if you are new in your role; manage people who were once your peers; and conduct difficult conversations that get results. Apply now.

Cost: $1,395. Deadline: Oct. 28. 

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.


Covering the 2020 Census — South Florida
In-person, Miami Herald Office, Oct. 28-29

This free, intensive two-day workshop will empower journalists in South Florida 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. 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.

Dear Reader: Accomplish More With Your Newsletters
Broadcast date: May 23, 2019

In this one-hour webinar, you will learn how to better harness the power of a newsy daily email, from staffing it to winning loyal readers with its content and tone. Cost. $29.95. 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.

The Power of Public Records
Broadcast date: Jan. 10, 2018

This webinar explores different methods you can use records to inject authority into on-the-ground reporting. We’ll also talk about what kinds of records exist and how to get them. Cost: $29.95. Watch Replay Now.