Summit for Reporters and Editors in Multi-Platform Newsrooms 2019

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Use digital approaches and narrative writing techniques to transform your work – whether it’s a daily story or a major project.


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The Poynter Summit for Reporters and Editors in Multi-Platform Newsrooms takes place April 28 – May 3, 2019, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s an intensive week of training and personalized coaching to boost the skills of reporters and editors who seek greater impact and relevance in digital and multi-platform newsrooms.

In a 24/7 news cycle, how do you build the skills to report, write and edit stories that connect with your audience? Our lineup of award-winning journalists and expert teachers will show you how digital approaches and narrative writing techniques can transform your work—whether it’s a daily story or a major project.

Two tracks will help you dive more deeply into beat/enterprise reporting and editing. And we’ll come together in large group sessions to explore the common threads that will help you tell more powerful stories, no matter what role you play in your organization. In the process, you’ll explore the tools and techniques that will help you thrive in the digital age.

For more details, read this Q&A with lead faculty Tom Huang and Jacqui Banaszynski.

At the end of this high-impact week, you’ll leave Poynter with a personal action plan to put what you’ve learned into practice. You’ll also feel revitalized and prepared to tackle challenges in the newsroom.


The tuition is $1,395.

Travel and hotel costs are not included. Poynter negotiates deeply discounted hotel rates for training participants within close proximity to the Institute.

Bring a colleague from your organization and you can each save $100 on tuition. Two people can attend this high-impact week of training for $2,590. Email us at to get the promo code.

What Will I Learn?

As a reporter, you’ll learn to:

  • Turn your watchdog reporting and other investigative projects into compelling “reads” that hold your audience from lead to kicker
  • Improve your interviewing skills to ask better questions — and get the answers you need
  • Infuse your daily deadline reporting with narrative writing, using memorable characters, vivid scenes and focused storylines
  • Develop the heightened senses necessary for gathering the details, nuance and dialogue that distinguish the best narrative reporting and writing
  • Identify fresh, creative stories from civic or institutional beats
  • Map non-traditional beats that reflect how people live today

As an editor, you’ll learn to:

  • Help your team generate fresh and compelling ideas
  • Edit for emphasis and clarity
  • Deliver effective feedback and coaching
  • Explore new ways of telling stories in the digital space
  • Manage big stories and projects

We will also show you:

  • How to tell powerful stories that connect with viewers, particularly on video
  • How to use social media for reporting
  • How to manage a large multiplatform story or project
  • How to make good ethical decisions in the digital age
  • How to use free, easy-to-implement digital tools that you can start applying right away (and how to make them stick in your newsroom)

Who Should Attend?

Reporters and editors, as well as bloggers, citizen journalists, copywriters, creatives, educators and freelance/independent journalists.

Colleagues will also benefit from attending together. You’ll create a shared understanding of your challenges, brainstorm solutions and improve collaboration. Reporters, bring your editors! Editors, come with your reporters! If you apply with a colleague, you’ll each receive a $100 discount.


A detailed schedule will be posted closer to program date.


Tom Huang

Assistant Managing Editor for Features and Community Engagement, The Dallas Morning News
Editing Fellow, The Poynter Institute

Jacqui Banaszynski

Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School of Journalism
Editing Fellow, The Poynter Institute

Maria Carrillo

Assistant Managing Editor for Enterprise Organization
Tampa Bay Times

Roy Peter Clark

Senior Scholar
The Poynter Institute

Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

Al Tompkins

Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
The Poynter Institute


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