Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media (October 2023)

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Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media (October 2023)

The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media is a transformative leadership program that trains BIPOC journalists working in digital media to thrive professionally and personally.

October 1, 2023– October 6, 2023

Overview

  • Travel to Poynter in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, for six days of intensive, transformational learning.
  • Find allies and collaborators who look like you, both in your cohort and in the alumni group at large.
  • Process feedback from your boss, direct reports and peers with a Poynter coach.
  • Explore your personal communication style to get buy-in on your own ideas.
  • Chart your unique, winding career path based on how you define success.
  • Apply during the application window: Jan. 4-Feb. 17, 2023.
  • Let us know on your application if you require financial assistance. Some tuition scholarships are available.

$500.00

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Developing effective management styles
  • Navigating newsroom and digital culture
  • Building collaborative teams
  • Managing across differences
  • Emerging technologies
  • Coaching critical thinking
  • Negotiation tactics
  • Ethical decision-making

$500.00

Apply Now

Overview

  • Travel to Poynter in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, for six days of intensive, transformational learning.
  • Find allies and collaborators who look like you, both in your cohort and in the alumni group at large.
  • Process feedback from your boss, direct reports and peers with a Poynter coach.
  • Explore your personal communication style to get buy-in on your own ideas.
  • Chart your unique, winding career path based on how you define success.
  • Apply during the application window: Jan. 4-Feb. 17, 2023.
  • Let us know on your application if you require financial assistance. Some tuition scholarships are available.

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The Poynter Institute is looking for the next cohort of BIPOC journalists to participate in its seventh Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media in October 2023. Poynter has connected and empowered nearly 200 journalists of color to be self-aware managers, visionary leaders and change agents through this program.

Part of that trademark experience comes from having honest conversations about the challenges for BIPOC journalists in management roles — with fellow BIPOC journalists and leaders. For many participants, this transparent environment offers what they don’t always get in their daily work: understanding and opportunities to unburden and heal.

The program structure and curriculum also provide participants the connections, confidence and skills to confront their challenges. Sessions are designed fresh each year to respond to industry trends, participant needs and evolving management challenges. Underscoring everything is Poynter’s expertise in leadership and ethics training.

Kathy Lu, Poynter adjunct and founder of Audiencibility.com, will lead the 2023 program. Guest instructors, keynote speakers and coaches will be announced closer to the start of the program. See the 2022 line-up here for an idea of what to expect.

Throughout the weeklong 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 more confident in decisions I make because I now have a foundation of understanding for different scenarios I’m in. It’s a continuous journey, and I discover that with every new situation or opportunity that arises in my work, I am presented with options that weren’t possible for me to think about before attending the academy.”

— Laura Albast, Palestinian-Syrian-American journalist, editor and media analyst and 2022 alum

Participants will walk away not only with strong leadership skills but also 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.

Apply for the 2023 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media between Jan. 4 and Feb. 17, 2023.


Monumental. Liberating. Life-changing: Read about graduates’ experiences in the 2022 program.


Questions?

Check out our FAQs. Or hear from our alumni: Suleman Din wrote about his experience in the cohort, “no code switching required”; Eva-Maria Ayala wrote about overcoming her imposter syndrome, and Ernest Owens wrote about how the academy powered his history-making promotion.

If you still have questions, please email us at info@poynter.org.

The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media will take place at the Poynter Institute in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, from Oct. 1-6, 2023. This is an immersive experience and an opportunity to step away from your newsroom and homelife to focus on yourself. Expect full days of programming, with optional social activities.

“It was such an amazing, transformative experience – I cannot emphasize enough how much this program changed my career.”

— Anita Li, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Green Line, 2016 alum

Below is a tentative schedule based on previous programs. It is subject to change.

Day 1 | Oct. 1 – Getting Acquainted

Day 2 | Oct. 2 – Yourself and Your Leadership

Day 3 | Oct. 3 – Becoming an Operational Wizard

Day 4 | Oct. 4 – Building a Diverse, Effective Team

Day 5 | Oct. 5 – Approaches to Leadership

Day 6 | Oct. 6 – Taking It All Home

Questions?

Check out our FAQs. Or hear from our alumni: Suleman Din wrote about his experience in the cohort, “no code switching required”; Eva-Maria Ayala wrote about overcoming her imposter syndrome, and Ernest Owens wrote about how the academy powered his history-making promotion.

If you still have questions, please email us at info@poynter.org.

Who should apply

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

Poynter will select a small group of journalists for the program.

“Unlike any training I’ve ever had before, this academy made me consider myself as a direct driver — not passive passenger — in what’s next in my career.”

— Ernest Owens, writer-at-large for Philadelphia magazine and graduate of the 2018 academy

Application process

This is one of Poynter’s most competitive programs. A recommendation letter speaking to future career prospects will help distinguish candidates.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 17, 2023. Participants will be selected by April 2023.

English-fluent BIPOC journalists working in news media organizations in the U.S., or with similar structures to U.S. news media organizations, are encouraged to apply.

We value diversity and seek to create a rich mix of personal and professional experience in each class. A positive group dynamic is essential to the success of this program.

Participants are selected after multiple rounds of review with an emphasis on ensuring diversity across race, ethnicity, geography, age, platform/medium, organization size, and expertise. We aim to create a cohort from diverse career backgrounds and organizations, including TV, radio, digital-only, start-ups and nonprofits.

Reviewers include a volunteer committee of program alumni, Poynter staff and faculty.

Cost and scholarships

Tuition is $500 and covers six days of teaching from prominent faculty, one-on-one coaching and networking, and social activities. Participants receive a facilitated 360-degree review and will work with a certified trainer to review their personality inventory.

Participants (or their employers) are responsible for travel costs (here’s advice about asking your boss for support). A limited number of tuition stipends will be available. Please indicate if you need financial assistance on your application.

Questions?

Check out our FAQs. Or hear from our alumni: Suleman Din wrote about his experience in the cohort, “no code switching required”; Eva-Maria Ayala wrote about overcoming her imposter syndrome, and Ernest Owens wrote about how the academy powered his history-making promotion.

If you still have questions, please email us at info@poynter.org.

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • Kathy Lu
    Adjunct
    Kathy Lu has spent more than two decades in journalism as a leader and manager. She is an alumna of several leadership courses, including through...
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Recent Guest Faculty Included:

  • Carla Broyles
    Senior Editor, The Washington Post
    Carla Broyles is a senior editor at The Washington Post. Carla joined The Post in 1999, and her work as deputy news editor, graphics editor,...
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  • Sushil Cheema
    Executive Coach
    Sushil Cheema is an executive coach who primarily works with senior leaders and C-Suite executives. She has extensive experience in digital media, working for large...
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  • Eric Deggans
    TV Critic, NPR
    Eric Deggans is NPR's first full-time TV critic. Deggans came to NPR in 2013 from the Tampa Bay Times, where he served a TV/Media Critic and...
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  • Omar L. Gallaga
    Adjunct
    Omar L. Gallaga is a technology and culture writer based in central Texas. He has written for NPR, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Wall...
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  • Katrice Hardy
    Executive Editor, The Dallas Morning News
    Katrice Hardy is the executive editor of The Dallas Morning News. Before that, she was the executive editor of the IndyStar and Midwest Regional Editor...
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  • Marcus Mabry
    Senior Vice President of Digital Editorial and Programming, CNN Digital Worldwide
    Marcus Mabry is the senior vice president of digital editorial and programming for CNN Digital Worldwide. In his role, he represents CNN's digital leadership team...
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  • Jason Murray
    Assignment Editor, The Washington Post
    Jason Murray is an assignment editor with The Washington Post's sports department, specializing in NBA, WNBA and college sports coverage. He came to The Post...
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  • Joe Ruiz
    Senior Editor, CNN Politics
    Joe Ruiz is a senior editor for CNN Politics, where he coordinates weekend digital coverage of politics in Washington, including major events and breaking news....
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  • Doris Truong
    Director of Teaching & Diversity Strategies
    Doris Truong is Poynter’s director of teaching and diversity strategies. She helps newsrooms better cover their communities by providing the resources to recruit, retain and...
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  • Joanie Vasiliadis
    Vice President, Digital Content, TEGNA
    Joanie Vasiliadis, vice president of content at TEGNA, supports 49 local newsrooms across the country as they transform their content to keep up with changing...
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