Summit for Reporters and Editors (July 2022)



Summit for Reporters and Editors (July 2022)

Now online, Poynter’s annual Summit for Reporters and Editors fosters collaboration, stokes innovation, and helps journalists thrive both professionally and personally. Participants will receive one-on-one coaching and 20+ hours of live instruction.

July 7, 2022– July 23, 2022


  • 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 17, 2022. Space is limited!


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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 two years 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




  • 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 17, 2022. Space is limited!

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In a 24/7 news cycle, how do you build the skills to report, write and edit stories that connect with your audience? And 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 two years of living through a pandemic and ongoing racial reckoning. And you’ll connect with 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


Check out Poynter’s recent Q&A with seminar director, Tom Huang, for tips on making your application stand out and for insights on what you’ll learn in 2022. If you need additional assistance, email us at

This online seminar takes place July 7, July 14-16 and July 22-23, 2022. 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 7, 2022

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 14, 2022

12-1:30 p.m. — Enterprising stories from institutions and everyday life  (Jacqui Banaszynski)

1:30-1:45 p.m. — Break

1:45-2:45 p.m. — Coaching for story (Maria Carrillo)

2:45-3 p.m. — Break

3-4 p.m. — Writing and editing for emphasis and clarity (Faculty TBA)

Friday, July 15, 2022

12-1 p.m. — Beat maps and source rings (Jacqui)

1-1:15 p.m. — Break

1:15-2:30 p.m. — Focus: Finding the heart of the story (Tom)

2:30-2:45 p.m. — Break

2:45-4 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 16, 2022

12-1:30 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

1:30-1:45 p.m. — Break

1:45-2:45 p.m. — Editing and self-editing on deadline (Maria)

2:45-3 p.m. — Break

3-4 p.m. — A conversation about mental health and self-care in the newsroom (Faculty TBA)

Friday, July 22, 2022

12-1 p.m. — Questions that work (Jacqui)

1-1:15 p.m. — Break

1:15-2:15 p.m. — Session TBD

2:15-2:30 p.m. — Break

2:30-4 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 23, 2022

12 p.m.-1 p.m. — Instilling a culture of success (Maria)

1-1:15 p.m .—  Break

1:15-2:45 p.m. — Participants present their personal action plans

2:45-3:30 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 17, 2022.


The tuition is $700 and includes six days of live instruction, peer group interaction and one-on-one coaching.


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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  • Jacqui Banaszynski
    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
    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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  • Kathleen McGrory
    Reporter, ProPublica
    Kathleen McGrory is a reporter at ProPublica. Previously, she was the deputy editor for investigations at the Tampa Bay Times. She and a colleague, Neil...
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  • Samantha Ragland
    A Southerner to the core, Samantha Ragland is a Poynter faculty member. Her portfolio includes the Leadership Academy for Women in Media and the Poynter-Koch...
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  • Kathy Lu
    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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  • Kelly McBride
    Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership
    Kelly McBride is a journalist, consultant and one of the country’s leading voices on media ethics and democracy. She is senior vice president and chair...
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