Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders (Dec 2018)


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Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders (Dec 2018)

This seminar will give managers the tools and the confidence to lead and grow a staff of high-performing journalists.


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Hey, managers: Need a shot of confidence? It’s time to let Poynter help you jumpstart your management career.

Maybe you’re an inexperienced manager just starting your new role. Or maybe you’ve got managerial experience but have had little training. In either case, you could use some tools — along with that dose of confidence.

Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders will give you both: the tools and the confidence to lead and grow a staff of high-performing journalists.

You’ll receive personalized feedback — from your newsroom — about your strengths and challenges. You’ll get help for leading your staff through the transition of becoming digital-first. You’ll get customized advice for addressing your most pressing concerns with coaching from Poynter faculty, one-on-one.

You’ll return home with confidence and management tools that will begin paying dividends immediately.

Due to increased newsroom demand, this is the second edition of Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders in 2018.


The tuition is $1,395

What Will I Learn?

  • Establish your credibility as a leader, even if you are new in your role
  • Manage people who were once your peers, friends or bosses
  • Provide feedback and coaching that will help your staff improve
  • Conduct difficult conversations that get results
  • Use your time more effectively
  • Build trusting relationships with your staff, your peers — and your boss
  • Focus your staff’s work on the audiences you serve
  • Understand how analytics can help inform your coverage and improve your staff’s work
  • Organize teams that collaborate to get important stuff done

Who Should Attend?

New managers from digital, broadcast and print organizations. This seminar is also beneficial to experienced managers who have had little or no management training. Employees who are about to be promoted will also be considered for acceptance.


This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Sunday, December 9

4:00 p.m. ~ “The Real Me” and the Road Ahead

7:00 p.m. ~ Group Dinner

Monday, December 10

9:00 a.m. ~ What’s Your Leadership Style? (And How’s It Working for You?)

10:45 p.m. ~ Your ViewPoynt Feedback: How Others See Your Leadership

12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch

1:30 p.m. ~ Why Can’t We Do Things My Way? ~ Myers-Briggs® and Management

3:15 p.m. ~ Leadership Lessons I Wish Someone Had Taught Me

4:45 p.m. ~ Wrap-up

5:00 p.m. ~ Adjourn

Tuesday, December 11

9:00 a.m. ~ The Power of Teams

10:45 p.m. ~ Becoming a Two-Track Coach: It’s All About Relationships

12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch

2:00 p.m. ~ Speaking of Important Relationships, How About Your Boss?

3:45 p.m. ~ Three Strategies for Telling More Meaningful Stories

5:15 p.m. ~ Adjourn (Evening on your own)

Wednesday, December 12

9:00 a.m. ~ Tools for Improving Your Multimedia Storytelling

11:00 p.m. ~ New Managers and New Ethics: The Power of the Process

12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch

2:00 p.m. ~ Retooling Your Newsroom for Digital-First

4:00 p.m. ~ Who’s Missing in Our Coverage—and Why?

5:15 p.m. ~ Adjourn (Evening on your own)

Thursday, December 13

9:00 a.m. ~ Difficult Conversations: Getting Smarter about Conflict

10:30 p.m. ~ Difficult Conversation Boot Camp: Let’s Practice!

12:00 p.m. ~ Lunch

1:30 p.m. ~ Time’s Up: What Are Your Priorities?

3:00 p.m. ~ 1-on-1 Coaching, Writing Personal Development Plans

7:00 p.m. ~ Group Dinner

Friday, December 14

9:00 a.m. ~ Your Personal Development Plans

12:00 p.m. ~ Lunch

1:15 p.m. ~ Taking It Home

1:45 p.m. ~ Graduation and closing remarks

2:30 p.m. ~ Seminar Ends


Cheryl Carpenter

Leadership Faculty
The Poynter Institute

Butch Ward

Butch Ward

Poynter Affiliate
The Poynter Institute


Tom Kent

Columbia University


Ren LaForme

Digital Tools Reporter
The Poynter Institute

Liz Roldan

News Director


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