Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media (2022)

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October 9, 2022– October 14, 2022

Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media (2022)

A Poynter teaching partnership with The Washington Post

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

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 styles 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: Nov. 15, 2021 through Jan. 15, 2022

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

$0.00

App opens 11/15

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 styles 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: Nov. 15, 2021 through Jan. 15, 2022

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In partnership with The Washington Post, the Poynter Institute is looking for the next 30 journalists of color to participate in its sixth Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media. This group will join a network of 150+ graduates who regularly describe their experience in the diversity leadership academy as “life-changing.”

Part of that trademark experience comes from having honest conversations about the challenges for journalists of color in management roles — with fellow journalists and leaders of color. 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 training and The Post’s expertise in digital innovation.

Doris Truong, director of training and diversity at the Poynter Institute, and Carla Broyles, senior editor for recruitment and training at The Post, will return to lead Poynter’s 2022 program.

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.

Undoubtedly some of the important lessons I learned at Poynter played a central role in me securing the new title and pay bump. Based on the advice we received to foster our relationships, I more intentionally cultivated relationships with people I previously hadn’t sought to, who later heavily advocated for my promotion.

Karen Hao, artificial intelligence reporter for MIT Technology Review and graduate of the 2019 diversity leadership academy

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.

This program has the potential to dramatically change participants’ careers, as well as how they approach their day-to-day work life. 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

Read how one graduate used the skills from Poynter’s diversity leadership academy to negotiate for a history-making promotion.

The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media will take place at the Poynter Institute in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, from Oct. 9 through Oct. 14, 2022. This is an immersive experience and an opportunity to step away from your newsroom and home life to focus on yourself. Expect full days of programming, with optional social activities. 

One of the best experiences of my professional career. I gained so much knowledge, had access to some of this industry’s most respected journalists, and made relationships I wouldn’t have been able to build if it weren’t for Poynter.

— Brandon López, digital media manager at WPBF 25 and graduate of the 2019 academy

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

Day 1 | Oct. 9 – Getting Acquainted

Day 2 | Oct. 10 – Yourself and Your Leadership

Day 3 | Oct. 11 – Becoming an Operational Wizard

Day 4 | Oct. 12 – Building a Diverse, Effective Team

Day 5 | Oct. 13 – Approaches to Leadership

Day 6 | Oct. 14 – 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,” and Eva-Maria Ayala wrote about overcoming her imposter syndrome.

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

Who should apply

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. 

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 Jan. 15, 2022.

Journalists of color working in U.S.-based news 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

Thanks to the generous support of program sponsors, tuition for the academy is free.

Employers are encouraged to support participant travel. A limited number of travel stipends will be available.

Questions?

Check out our FAQs. Or hear from our alumni: Suleman Din wrote about his experience in the cohort, “no code switching required,” and Eva-Maria Ayala wrote about overcoming her imposter syndrome.

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

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • Doris Truong
    Director of Training and Diversity
    Doris Truong is Poynter's director of training and diversity. Her portfolio includes helping newsrooms better cover their communities and providing the resources to recruit, retain...
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  • Carla Broyles
    Senior Editor for Recruitment and Training, The Washington Post
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