Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders (December 2022)


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Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders (December 2022)

This intensive, five-day workshop will give new newsroom managers the tools and the confidence to lead their team forward. 

December 12, 2022– December 16, 2022


  • Connect with a small cohort of other new managers for transformational leadership training
  • Gather at Poynter’s waterfront campus in St. Petersburg, Florida


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Learning Outcomes

The interactive, five-day workshop will focus on critical skills new managers need on their paths to leadership in journalism, media and technology. Accepted applicants will receive one-on-one coaching, 360-degree feedback from their own organization and a Myers-Briggs assessment of decision-making preferences. Other sessions will explore how to:

  • Establish your credibility as a leader, even if you are new in your role
  • Manage people who were once your peers, friends or bosses
  • Effective delegation
  • Conduct difficult conversations that get results
  • Provide feedback and coaching that will help your staff improve
  • Create better work-life chemistry
  • Understand and practice trauma-informed leadership
  • Negotiate better conditions for yourself and your team


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  • Connect with a small cohort of other new managers for transformational leadership training
  • Gather at Poynter’s waterfront campus in St. Petersburg, Florida

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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 a big dose of confidence.

This popular in-person workshop will help you build a strong foundation as a leader so your staff can engage and excel. 

“I learned that great leaders are excellent coaches, not just fixers. This is the best training I’ve ever attended in my career spanning two decades. I appreciate this opportunity and will reap the benefits from what I learned this week for the rest of my career.”

— Brady McCombs, Rockies news editor at The Associated Press and graduate of the March 2022 Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders

You’ll receive personalized feedback — from your newsroom — about your strengths and challenges. You’ll get help for leading your staff through periods of turmoil and uncertainty, as well as growth and opportunity. You’ll get customized advice for addressing your most pressing concerns with coaching from Poynter faculty, one-on-one.

After the five-day workshop at Poynter’s waterfront campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, you’ll return home with improved self-awareness and management tools that will begin paying dividends immediately.


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This in-person-only program takes place Dec. 12-16, 2022. Sessions will tentatively take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time most days.

Accepted applicants must plan to arrive on site by 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, and should expect to dedicate uninterrupted time to the program for its duration. 

Below is a tentative schedule:

  • Day 1: Let’s get started
  • Day 2: Understanding yourself and your leadership
  • Day 3: Being the leader your colleagues need
  • Day 4: Getting what you need for yourself and others
  • Day 5: Bringing everything together

Who should apply

New managers from news organizations. This seminar is also beneficial to experienced managers who have had little or no management training. Employees who are about to be promoted to roles in which they’ll manage direct reports will also be considered for acceptance.

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation or reference is required. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interest and basic demographic information. All accepted applicants will also be required to complete a health screening form so we can ensure a safe environment for faculty and guests. 

Please apply as soon as you know this program is for you. Space is limited. The deadline is Oct. 14, 2022.


Tuition for this program is $1,500. It includes five days of in-person learning, one-on-one coaching, facilitated 360-degree feedback, a Myers-Briggs assessment of decision-making preferences and some meals and snacks. 

Participants (or their employers) will be responsible for the cost of travel and accommodations. Poynter works with local hotels to ensure a fair rate. More details will be shared with selected applicants.


Lead Faculty

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    Director of Teaching & Diversity Strategies
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