Level Up: Critical Skills for Local Reporters (October 2022)

$750.00

APPLICATION IS CLOSED

Level Up: Critical Skills for Local Reporters (October 2022)

This interactive, virtual training will help reporters up their game and develop the essential skills needed for a satisfying and sustainable career in journalism.

October 4, 2022– November 15, 2022

Overview

  • Take your reporting career to the next level with guidance from accomplished journalists.
  • Tune in each week for 90 minutes of master-class level instruction, plus 30 minutes of career skill discussion.
  • Dig deeper in your daily work with weekly challenges designed to facilitate your growth.
  • Connect with your peers and exchange ideas in a dedicated Slack channel.
  • Join a cohort of other talented reporters like you.
  • Get a weekly email with highlights, previews of what’s coming next and interviews with experts on the week’s topic.
  • Apply for this program by Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.

$750.00

APPLICATION IS CLOSED

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the program, you will learn how to:

  • Distinguish your voice and better incorporate narrative writing into your work
  • Visualize and execute powerful reporting, from conception to completion
  • Structure your investigative reporting
  • Implement a trauma-informed reporting perspective into your work
  • Develop and grow an audience
  • Use a framework for defining — and refining — your career objectives
  • Utilize new strategies to improve your relationship with your editor
  • Determine where to find funding for big projects
  • Evaluate and identify opportunities to propel your own growth

$750.00

APPLICATION IS CLOSED

Overview

  • Take your reporting career to the next level with guidance from accomplished journalists.
  • Tune in each week for 90 minutes of master-class level instruction, plus 30 minutes of career skill discussion.
  • Dig deeper in your daily work with weekly challenges designed to facilitate your growth.
  • Connect with your peers and exchange ideas in a dedicated Slack channel.
  • Join a cohort of other talented reporters like you.
  • Get a weekly email with highlights, previews of what’s coming next and interviews with experts on the week’s topic.
  • Apply for this program by Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.

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The secret to success isn’t getting to the biggest newsroom; it’s creating the career you want where you are.

This six-week interactive program will provide reporters across mediums with the most relevant and practical skills needed to boost their reporting expertise and drive their professional development forward. Participants will grow as investigators and storytellers and learn how to better manage their personal brand and career.

Poynter local news expert Kristen Hare and a slate of accomplished journalists will provide master-class level instruction on key concepts including reporting and writing, investigations, trauma-informed interviewing, fact-checking and audience development. Sessions will also include dedicated time to discuss the realities facing the journalism industry and how to navigate them over a sustainable and satisfying career, while a custom weekly newsletter will supplement instruction with more resources and interviews. 

Participants will also take part in weekly challenges where they’ll apply their learning to daily work and share their experiences with a cohort of other talented journalists in a dedicated community forum. They’ll reflect on their work, learn from the experiences of other reporters and get advice from our experts.

This online workshop will supercharge reporters with the journalistic expertise, in-demand skills and career knowledge necessary to level up in the industry. Apply now to unlock your superstar potential and make a critical advancement towards the next stage of your career.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

This online group seminar will take place weekly on Tuesdays from noon-2 p.m. Eastern time starting Oct. 4, 2022. The program will skip Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 in observance of Election Day.

Participants will receive 90 minutes of instruction, which includes a challenge for the week ahead based on that week’s skill, followed by 30 minutes of career skill discussion for journalists.

Expect to walk away from each week’s session with practical strategies and takeaways you can immediately apply to your work.

Below is a tentative schedule: 

Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Investigative reporting; Work/life chemistry part 1 (Cheryl W. Thompson

Tuesday, Oct.11 — Narrative reporting and writing; Work/life chemistry part 2 (Maria Carrillo)

Tuesday, Oct. 18 — Trauma-informed reporting; Telling your own story part 1 (Erin Ailworth)

Tuesday, Oct. 25 — Fact-checking and combating misinformation; Telling your own story part 2 (Alex Mahadevan)

Tuesday, Nov. 1 — Editing; Building a passion project part 1, (Kathy Lu)

Tuesday, Nov. 15 — Story forms; Building a passion project part 2 (John Sutter)

Who should apply

Ambitious reporters who want to fast-track their career development by growing in their current newsroom should apply. Editors who want to retain their top talent and local newsrooms that need to capitalize on the resources they have should refer their staff. Freelance journalists will also benefit from this master-class level instruction.

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 interests and basic demographic information. 

The deadline to apply is Sept. 6, 2022

Cost

Tuition for this interactive training program is $750. Participants will receive six weeks of live instruction, access to a guided community forum and supplemental resource lists and interviews.

Beyond these concrete benefits, this program will inspire confidence in your reporting prowess, connect you to other talented reporters like yourself and prepare you for a long and satisfying career in journalism.

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • Kristen Hare
    Faculty, The Poynter Institute
    Kristen Hare covers and teaches on the transformation of local news for the Poynter Institute. Her work for Poynter has earned her a Mirror Award...
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Guest Faculty

  • Erin Ailworth
    Editor of Newsroom Talent, The Wall Street Journal
    Erin Ailworth is the Wall Street Journal's recruiter for its U.S. News, Washington, World News and Speed & Trending teams. She was most recently part...
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  • Maria Carrillo
    Senior Deputy Editor, Enterprise, Tampa Bay Times
    Maria Carrillo retired as senior deputy editor of the Tampa Bay Times. She worked as senior deputy editor of the Houston Chronicle and, before that,...
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  • Kathy Lu
    Adjunct
    Kathy Lu has spent more than two decades in journalism as a leader and manager. She is an alumna of several leadership courses, including through...
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  • Alex Mahadevan
    Director, MediaWise
    Alex Mahadevan is the Director of the MediaWise project. Alex was most recently the Program Manager of MediaWise. Prior to joining the staff at Poynter,...
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  • John D. Sutter
    CNN Contributor, MIT fellow and National Geographic Explorer
    John D. Sutter is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Salt Lake City. His work has won the Livingston Award, the IRE Award,...
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  • Cheryl W. Thompson
    Correspondent, Investigations - NPR
    Prior to joining NPR in January 2019, she spent 22 years at The Washington Post, where she wrote extensively about law enforcement, political corruption and...
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