Power Up: Leadership in Tough Times


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Power Up: Leadership in Tough Times

Power Up: Leadership in Tough Times

Broadcast dates:

Every Tuesday, June 16 — July 21, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern


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Poynter prides itself as the place where managers go to grow their capacity as leaders and successfully serve their news organizations and communities. We remain committed to helping you rise to the challenges the coronavirus presents to your newsroom, despite travel restrictions, social distancing and lockdowns.

Power Up: Leadership in Tough Times leverages the full might of Poynter’s industry connections, decades of leadership training experience and pioneering e-learning platform to offer you the support you need right now. Over the course of six weeks, we will provide you a supportive online learning community, virtual one-on-one coaching and concrete leadership tips as you navigate the coronavirus crisis from anywhere.


Live teaching dates:

The six-week series begins June 16 and ends July 21. Live instruction takes place Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern:

June 16: Leadership behaviors you need now, feat. Millie Tran

June 23: Communicating effectively in stressful times, feat. Stan Wischnowski

June 30: Responding to conflict, feat. Rob King

July 7: Performance management, feat. Manny García

July 14: Building relationships with your diverse audience, feat. Sandra Clark

July 21: Managing yourself, feat. Tracy Grant

One-on-one coaching will be scheduled according to participants’ and coaches availability during this timeframe.

Course learning outcomes

Each Tuesday, you’ll tune in for two consecutive hours of live instruction focused on themes specific to leadership during a crisis: 

  • Leadership behaviors you need now
  • Communicating effectively in stressful times
  • Responding to conflict
  • Performance management (including coaching and giving feedback)
  • Building relationships with your diverse audience
  • Managing yourself (including self-care)

Who should take this course?

This virtual workshop is designed for frontline newsroom managers working to help their staff and audiences recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’re new to managing or a veteran in need of inspiration and practical advice, this seminar offers a timely and affordable guide to leading through this ongoing crisis.

To ensure active participation, we will limit this series to 40 participants.

If you’ve been accepted into a 2020 Poynter leadership program that has been postponed, we encourage you to apply to this program, too. The teaching material will be 100% unique and can serve as an expedient option to address your immediate needs until your in-person program can be rescheduled.


Lead faculty

Cheryl Carpenter
Leadership Faculty
The Poynter Institute

Butch Ward

Butch Ward
Poynter Affiliate
The Poynter Institute

Guest instructors

Sandra Clark
Vice President News and Civic Dialogue

Manny García
Senior Editor, Investigative Reporting Initiative
ProPublica/The Texas Tribune

Tracy Grant
Managing Editor, Staff Development & Standards
The Washington Post

Rob King
Senior Vice President and Editor-At-Large, ESPN Content

Rene Sanchez
Editor and Senior Vice President
The Star Tribune

Millie Tran
Chief Product Officer
Texas Tribune

Poynter coaches

Participants will have the opportunity to schedule private, 45-minute coaching sessions with Cheryl Carpenter, Butch Ward or one of our other experienced coaches:

Samantha Ragland
The Poynter Institute

Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

Al Tompkins
The Poynter Institute

Joie Chen
Northwestern University Medill School – Washington Programs