Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media


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Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

A leadership program in partnership with The Washington Post that trains journalists of color working in digital media to thrive, professionally and personally.



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The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media is a transformative, tuition-free leadership program that trains journalists of color working in digital media to thrive, professionally and personally.

This seminar fosters honest discourse about the challenges for journalists of color in management roles. It also provides the connections, confidence and skills to confront them. A survey following up with participants from the 2018 academy found:

  • 100% apply something they learned at least once a week
  • 91% tap into their cohort for ideas and support
  • 75% are better at giving feedback to their direct reports

Doris Truong, director of training and diversity at the Poynter Institute, and Carla Broyles, senior editor for recruitment and training at The Washington Post will lead Poynter’s 2020 program. Participants 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.


Sunday, April 18, 2020 to Friday, April 23, 2021 with virtual meetups taking place between July 2020 and April 2021.

Course 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
    • Understanding journalism business models
    • Navigating newsroom and digital culture
    • Building collaborative teams
    • Managing across differences
    • Audience engagement
    • Emerging technologies
    • Coaching critical thinking

The program will be structured to encourage open and candid discussion and mentoring. Participants will walk away with not only 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.

Who should take this course?

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

Poynter and The Washington Post will select a group of 30 journalists for the program. Because the class is strategically small in size, the selection committee will give preference to emerging leaders currently working in digital media who demonstrate an aptitude and potential for leadership through current projects and references.



Doris Truong

Director of Training and Diversity
The Poynter Institute

Carla Broyles

Carla Broyles

Senior Editor for Recruitment and Training
The Washington Post

Training sponsors

Scripps Howard Foundation logo
Ethics & Excellence Journalism Foundation

Training partner

The Washington Post