Beat Academy For Teams

$75.00 per member

Number of Seats:

Beat Academy For Teams

Poynter’s Beat Academy is a virtual classroom designed to provide journalists from any newsroom the skills to tackle emerging coverage areas, like private equity, and better grounding on key topics like immigration, climate change response, federal infrastructure dollars and more. Pick the sessions you need the most or attend all 18 over eight months. Sessions are designed for individual journalists or entire newsrooms. Read more here.

March 2, 2023– October 19, 2023

Overview

  • Webinars take place on Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern; replays will be available for all participants.
  • Completion of the March private equity series opens the door to apply for a reporting grant of up to $20,000.
  • Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin journalists can get climate change grants up to $15,000.
  • Top experts will give you a clearer understanding of the powerful and complicated role of private equity.
  • Track the impact of massive new federal programs on renewable energy, infrastructure, environmental justice, and more.
  • Tap into trends in immigration and measures to protect against the rising risk of climate-induced threats.
  • Sharpen your coverage of health care dynamics in rural and non-metro areas.
  • Rethink how you cover crime and learn better tactics to report on the context of crime.
  • Connect with other journalists who join you in the Beat Academy training.

$75.00 per member

Number of Seats:

Learning Outcomes

In this series of webinars, you will learn:

  • What private equity is, why it matters, what industries it touches, its lingo, and how it impacts your community.
  • How to identify the climate change related risks in your area, and how to compare the local protective measures underway to those in other locations.
  • How the American Rescue Plan Act, the federal infrastructure program and the climate portions of the Inflation Reduction Act are playing out in your community.
  • How to avoid the most common lapses in crime reporting, and provide more complete coverage while holding law enforcement accountable.
  • How to spot the emergence of new immigration trends in your community, and better describe the local impacts.
  • Trace the connections between health care in non-metro areas, middle class household finances and local economies.

$75.00 per member

Number of Seats:

Overview

  • Webinars take place on Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern; replays will be available for all participants.
  • Completion of the March private equity series opens the door to apply for a reporting grant of up to $20,000.
  • Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin journalists can get climate change grants up to $15,000.
  • Top experts will give you a clearer understanding of the powerful and complicated role of private equity.
  • Track the impact of massive new federal programs on renewable energy, infrastructure, environmental justice, and more.
  • Tap into trends in immigration and measures to protect against the rising risk of climate-induced threats.
  • Sharpen your coverage of health care dynamics in rural and non-metro areas.
  • Rethink how you cover crime and learn better tactics to report on the context of crime.
  • Connect with other journalists who join you in the Beat Academy training.

Training five or more people?
Check out our custom training.

Journalists, this is your chance to get up to speed on the latest trends driving change in your market. Through a series of expert-led webinars, you and colleagues from your newsroom will get a framework to understand the complexities of the topic, a guide to diverse and trustworthy sources, and a leg up on using hard data relevant to your community.

Journalists new to the newsroom or deep into their careers can benefit from this program.

For $75, you can take advantage of all of the virtual classes offered under Beat Academy, or pick and choose the ones that most apply to your newsroom’s work. In the span of eight months, attendees will receive tips, sources, inspiration and ideas to cover the powerful and complicated role of private equity; the impact of massive new federal programs on renewable energy, jobs, infrastructure and environmental justice; the climate change related risks in your area; the link in non-metro areas between health care and the fate of the middle class; and more.

During 90-minute webinars, you’ll hear top-level journalists explain how they covered a particular story, including their reporting strategies. Leading experts will focus on the emerging dynamics in each of the topic areas, and provide roadmaps to connect reporters to the hard data that matters in their market area. 

Follow-up is just as important as training. All training participants will receive regular updates with coverage ideas, topical developments and links to stories by other participants. Fellow participants will be able to connect with each other to solve reporting challenges and flesh out story ideas.

In addition, some of the workshops include reporting grant opportunities for participating newsrooms. Following the private equity workshops, attendees can apply for reporting grants of up to $20,000. For climate change, newsrooms in the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) can apply for reporting grants up to $15,000.

Individual or group registrations are available. All sessions are recorded for participants.

Funders include the Joyce Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation and the Omidyar Network.

Dates:

  • The growing reach of private equity (March 2, 16, 30)
  • Preparing for climate change (April 6, 13, 27)
  • Tracking ARPA funds and infrastructure projects near you (May 4, 18)
  • New immigration patterns and challenges (June 8, 15)
  • Bringing a community focus to crime reporting (July 13, 20)
  • Health care trends in non-metro areas (July 27, Aug. 3)
  • Topic to be announced! (Sept. 7, 21)
  • Misinformation (Oct. 5, 19)

Questions?

Contact Jon Greenberg, PolitiFact senior correspondent and Poynter Beat Academy project lead, at beatacademy@poynter.org.

Dates:

Each webinar will last 90 minutes, and recordings of each session will be available.

  • The growing reach of private equity (March 2, 16, 30)
  • Preparing for climate change (April 6, 13, 27)
  • Tracking ARPA funds and infrastructure projects near you (May 4, 18)
  • New immigration patterns and challenges (June 8, 15)
  • Bringing a community focus to crime reporting (July 13, 20)
  • Health care trends in non-metro areas (July 27, Aug. 3)
  • Topic to be announced! (Sept. 7, 21)
  • Misinformation (Oct. 5, 19)

Who should enroll

Reporters, editors, news directors and producers are encouraged to apply. Participation is open to all.

Cost

This course is designed for individuals or multiple members of the same news organization.

The base cost is $75 per person, for up to four people.

For 5-9 seats, the cost per seat is $60, a 20% discount. Apply code BeatAcademy20 at checkout when prompted.

For 10 or more seats, the cost is $50 per seat, a 40% discount. Apply code BeatAcademy40 at checkout when prompted.

Instructors

Poynter Beat Academy Project Lead

  • Jon Greenberg
    Senior Correspondent, PolitiFact
    Jon is a senior correspondent with PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking news service. Since 2011, he has vetted claims from politicians, pundits, Facebook posts and...
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