Summit for Reporters and Editors (July 2021)

$450.00

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July 1, 2021– July 17, 2021

Summit for Reporters and Editors (July 2021)

Now online, Poynter’s annual Summit for Reporters and Editors fosters collaboration, stokes innovation, and helps journalists thrive both professionally and personally.

Overview

  • Learn practical strategies and tools to become a sharper reporter, writer and editor
  • Tune in for roughly four hours per teaching day in Poynter’s interactive online learning environment
  • Get more than 20 hours of live instruction from award-winning reporters and editors
  • Receive one-on-one coaching to navigate your most pressing challenges
  • Apply by June 1, 2021. Space is limited!

$450.00

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Learning Outcomes

With a focus on the craft of journalism, each online session will weave together tips, tools and case studies that benefit both the reporter and the editor. Faculty will also facilitate conversations in small breakout groups and large group sessions. With the events of the past year in mind, instructors will lead conversations exploring diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as self-care and mental health, in the newsroom. Throughout the Summit, you will learn how to:

  • Transform your journalistic work into compelling reads, whether you’re a reporter or editor
  • Sharply focus your stories and others’, pushing to identify the heart of each story
  • Improve your interviewing skills to ask better questions — and get the answers you need
  • Infuse your daily reporting with narrative writing, using memorable characters, vivid scenes and focused storylines
  • Identify fresh, creative story ideas from civic or institutional beats
  • Map non-traditional beats that reflect how people live today
  • Provide effective feedback and coach for storytelling
  • Edit stories for emphasis and clarity
  • Instill a culture of success across your workplace

$450.00

Apply Now

Overview

  • Learn practical strategies and tools to become a sharper reporter, writer and editor
  • Tune in for roughly four hours per teaching day in Poynter’s interactive online learning environment
  • Get more than 20 hours of live instruction from award-winning reporters and editors
  • Receive one-on-one coaching to navigate your most pressing challenges
  • Apply by June 1, 2021. Space is limited!

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Check out our custom training.

In a 24/7 news cycle, how do you build the skills to report, write and edit stories that connect with your audience? And — facing the challenges of remote work during the pandemic — how can editors and reporters collaborate more effectively?

Throughout six days of training and personalized coaching spread over three weeks, our team of award-winning journalists and educators will show you how digital approaches and narrative writing can transform your work — whether it’s a quick-turn story or a major project. This unique program will boost the skills of both reporters and editors who seek greater impact and relevance in digital newsrooms.

You’ll have time in between training sessions to reflect and practice what you learned back on the job. You’ll have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a Poynter Summit faculty member about what’s going on in your career after more than a year of living through a pandemic. And you’ll connect with your fellow journalists around the country who will support your personal and professional growth moving forward.

At the end of this high-impact training, you’ll return to work with a personal action plan to put what you’ve learned into practice. You’ll also feel revitalized and prepared to tackle challenges in the newsroom.

Here’s what a few of our past participants had to say about their experience:

Attending Poynter allowed me to take a much-needed step back from the daily news grind and refocus on what made me love this job in the first place. I was challenged to examine my own writing and reporting in ways I’d never thought to before.
Stephanie Ip, Digital Reporter, The Vancouver Sun and Province

I use what I learned during the Summit in my reporting and writing every day … I’ve also been able to keep connecting to like-minded journalists from the Summit since it ended, which has been invaluable.
Michelle R. Smith, Correspondent, Associated Press

This Summit fundamentally changed the way I approach my work. In one week, I learned how to think more critically and constructively about my work, both as a reporter and as an editor.
Courtney Kueppers, Digital Editor, Public Broadcasting Atlanta

Questions?

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

This seminar takes place July 1, July 8-10 and July 16-17, 2021. On most days, you can expect to spend around four hours participating in the sessions. We encourage you to block off your calendar and let your colleagues (and family!) know you are taking time away to focus on your professional development.

Below is a tentative schedule, subject to change, with all times listed in Eastern time:

Thursday, July 1, 2021

6-7 p.m. Introductions, the week’s goals and personal action plans — Tom Huang, Jacqui Banaszynski and Maria Carrillo

7-8 p.m. Finding the humanity inside news stories — Kathleen McGrory

I now have tools to pitch more creative ideas, edit my own copy on deadline and find the heart of a story with targeted questions. Most importantly, I returned to work believing in myself more than I had in a while.
Ellie Silverman, Business Reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer


Thursday, July 8, 2021

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enterprising stories from institutions and everyday life  — Jacqui Banaszynski

12:30-12:45 p.m. Break

12:45-1:45 p.m. Coaching for story — Maria Carrillo

1:45-2 p.m. Break

2-3 p.m. Writing and editing for emphasis and clarity — Faculty TBA


Friday, July 9, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Beat maps and source rings — Jacqui

12-12:15 p.m. Break

12:15-1:30 p.m. Focus: Finding the heart of the story — Tom

1:30-1:45 p.m. Break

1:45-3 p.m. A conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion in the newsroom — Tom and Maria

Shortly after the Summit, I published an investigation into a local school district’s alternative schools. My training at Poynter pushed me to tackle tough topics, paint clearer scenes and be fearless in experimenting with narrative writing.
Olivia Krauth, Education and Classrooms Reporter, Louisville Courier Journal


Saturday, July 10, 2021

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Literary forensics: Improving writing from the inside out — Jacqui

  • Note: Bring hard-copy printouts of your original writing or the writing of reporters you work with frequently

12:30-12:45 p.m. Break

12:45-1:45 p.m. Editing and self-editing on deadline — Maria

1:45-2 p.m. Break

2-3 p.m. A conversation about mental health and self-care in the newsroomFaculty TBA


Friday, July 16, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Questions that work — Jacqui

12-12:15 p.m. Break

12:15-1:15 p.m. Session TBD

1:15-1:30 p.m. Break

1:30-3 p.m. Story blueprints/story structure — Jacqui

I am so busy on a daily basis reporting and researching, that I rarely have time to stop and think about the process I use to report — and particularly to write. The training gave me the time and space to examine my writing, find the problems and use some practical solutions.
Amy Sherman, Staff Writer, PolitiFact


Saturday, July 17, 2021

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Instilling a culture of success — Maria

12-12:15 p.m. Break

12:15-1:45 p.m. Participants present their personal action plans

1:45-2:30 p.m. Graduation and farewells

Who should apply

Reporters and editors, as well as bloggers, citizen journalists, copywriters, creatives, educators and freelance/independent journalists. Colleagues will also benefit from attending together. You’ll create a shared understanding of your challenges, brainstorm solutions and improve collaboration.

The Summit came at a fantastic time for me, since I was starting a senior editor job that was new to me and to our evolving newsroom. We needed to update how we present news for our law, policy and business readers, and the Summit gave me the tools to think more broadly about stories, visuals, and social media. I use what I learned every single day when I’m working with reporters to define and craft stories, and the emphasis on narrative absolutely makes our work more compelling.
Cheryl Baacke Saenz, Editor at Large, Bloomberg BNA

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 interest and basic demographic information.

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2021.

Cost

The tuition is $450 and includes six days of live instruction, peer group interaction and one-on-one coaching.

In order to complete your application, we require authorization of payment. Your card will not be charged until you are accepted into the program. Upon acceptance to the program you will receive an email notification and your credit card payment will be processed.

Instructors

Seminar Director

  • Tom Huang
    Assistant Managing Editor for Journalism Initiatives, The Dallas Morning News
    Tom Huang is Assistant Managing Editor for Journalism Initiatives at The Dallas Morning News, where he oversees Sunday Page One, edits in-depth enterprise stories, handles...
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Co-Leader

  • Jacqui Banaszynski
    Adjunct
    Jacqui Banaszynski is on the visiting faculty of The Poynter Institute. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years, held...
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Guest Faculty

  • Maria Carrillo
    Senior Deputy Editor, Enterprise, Tampa Bay Times
    Carrillo oversees a team of enterprise writers and works with journalists across the newsroom on ambitious stories at the Tampa Bay Times. She was previously...
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  • Kathleen McGrory
    Deputy Editor, Investigations, Tampa Bay Times
    Kathleen McGrory is the deputy investigations editor and an investigative reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Her series on a Johns Hopkins children’s hospital unearthed an...
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