Power of Diverse Voices: Writing Workshop for Journalists of Color (November 2022)

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Power of Diverse Voices: Writing Workshop for Journalists of Color (November 2022)

With the support of expert instructors and fellow journalists of color, develop the confidence and skills to share your unique perspective in persuasive writing.

November 10, 2022– November 13, 2022

Overview

  • Visit Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, for four days of intensive, transformational learning.
  • Deeply connect with and be inspired by your cohort of fellow journalists of color.
  • Practice new techniques during dedicated writing sessions and get feedback during small group coaching sessions.
  • The application window closed on Aug. 29, 2022.

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Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • Develop and hone your arguments, presenting these arguments effectively and persuasively
  • Support your arguments using solid research and reporting
  • Strengthen your reporting skills with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy
  • Maximize your journalistic success on digital and social media platforms
  • Generate strong ideas for your opinion pieces, broadening your access to diverse points of view
  • Focus your ideas, developing a compelling pitch to editors

$0.00

APPLICATION IS CLOSED

Overview

  • Visit Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, for four days of intensive, transformational learning.
  • Deeply connect with and be inspired by your cohort of fellow journalists of color.
  • Practice new techniques during dedicated writing sessions and get feedback during small group coaching sessions.
  • The application window closed on Aug. 29, 2022.

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The Power of Diverse Voices workshop — now one of Poynter’s most competitive programs — is a transformative, four-day seminar that helps journalists of color find their voice and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays.

Opinion writing plays a vital role in explanatory, features and watchdog journalism, and is important in a thriving democracy. Led by Tom Huang, this seminar will foster the diversity of voices necessary in the profession and train the next generation of opinion writers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

With the support of expert instructors and fellow journalists of color, you’ll develop the confidence and skills to share your unique perspective in persuasive writing. You will learn both through instruction as well as intensive coaching in small writing groups. You will focus on fact-based opinion writing — and using social media to spark a conversation — across platforms.

More than 90% of previous participants rated their experience as “exceptional,” like Alejandra Salazar, associate producer at NPR’s Latino USA and a graduate of the 2018 workshop:

“In the never-ending shuffle, it becomes all too easy to conform to a norm that often excludes the voices of women, of people of color, of LGBTQ+ communities, of minorities — voices like my own. But my weekend at Poynter was a vital, affirming experience that reminded me of the power of storytelling, and of the importance of diversity within that storytelling. The skills, connections, support and confidence I gained in this program truly made it one of the most important and formative experiences in my career.”

Accepted applicants will join an active and successful alumni group. Their work has appeared in podcasts such as This Land series by Rebecca Nagle and an episode of Racist Sandwich by Joseph Hernandez; in local news such as this column about being the daughter of Pakistani immigrants by Shaheen Pasha in the New Hampshire Gazette; and in national outlets such as Iris Kuo’s column in The Atlantic on the ‘whitening’ of Asian Americans and Russell Contreras’s story for the Associated Press about his family surviving five generations of Houston storms.

Apply now to be a part of the Writing Workshop for Journalists of Color community and give power to your voice.

Questions?

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

This seminar will take place Thursday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Live teaching sessions, small group workshops and writing time will take up a large portion of each day. In order to focus and get the greatest benefit from the seminar, participants will be asked to commit their full attention to the seminar and take time off work.

Below is a tentative schedule and it is subject to change. All times are listed in Eastern time.

Thursday, Nov. 10

6 p.m. — Participants arrive at the Poynter Institute

6:05 p.m. — Reception and dinner

7 p.m. — Welcome and “The Real Me” introductions

7:30 p.m. — Opinion writing in the digital age: This session will inspire and emphasize the relevance of bringing diverse voices to opinion writing across all platforms; identify the barriers, both internal and external, that prevent people of color from publishing opinion; explore ways to overcome barriers and be more effective in pitching and promoting our opinion pieces; and help participants spark and develop an idea to write about.

8:30 p.m. — Return to hotel

Friday, Nov. 11

8 a.m. — Shuttle to Poynter

8:30 a.m. — The keys to effective opinion writing: This session focuses on the nuts and bolts of opinion writing. What ingredients do you need for an effective piece? How has opinion writing expanded to include analysis, perspective, personal essay, arts and cultural criticism? Discuss the difference between voice and opinion. What is the role of reporting in effective opinion writing? What is the role of persuasion? There’s a difference between getting your opinion out there, and actually having people listen to you.

10:00 a.m. — Break

10:15 a.m. — The power of social media: Use social media to earn trust, build your brand, present your ideas and be part of a conversation. If you want to get people talking, how do you set the stage? How do you share your work and participate in discussions in a way that highlights your credibility and integrity?

11:45 a.m. — Group photo

Noon — Lunch

1 p.m. — Session TBD

2:30 p.m. — Break

2:45 p.m. — Time for writing: Set a word count of 700-800 for first drafts.

4 p.m. — Small group critiques: In their small groups, each participant will read from their draft and get feedback from the coach and the group.

5 p.m. — Return to hotel, evening free

Saturday, Nov. 12

8 a.m. — Shuttle to Poynter

8:30 a.m. — Writing the personal essay: This session introduces the concept of writing from your own experience; it can include column writing or longer writing.

10 a.m. — Break

10:15 a.m. — Session TBD

11:45 a.m. — Lunch

12:30 p.m. — Finding focus: Find the heart of your story through five focusing questions; use the focus to develop a strong pitch for your piece.

1:30 p.m. — Time for writing: Set a word count of 700-800 for first drafts.

3 p.m. — Small group critiques: In their small groups, each participant will read from their draft and get feedback from the coach and the group. Each participant can continue to work on their previous draft or start a new one.

4 p.m. — Time for writing or reflection

5 p.m. — Final readings: Each participant gets 20 minutes to read from his or her piece.

8 p.m. — Return to hotel

Sunday, November 13
7:30 a.m. — Shuttle to Poynter

8 a.m. — Final readings: Each participant gets 20 minutes to read from his or her piece. Participants should not book a return flight any earlier than 2 p.m.

Noon — Farewells

We will continue to monitor CDC guidelines for safe gatherings and are prepared to host this program online if necessary. Accepted applicants will be notified of any program changes in September.

Who should apply

Enrollment is open to new- and mid-career journalists of color based in the United States looking to add effective opinion writing to their tool kit, as well as those building a career path toward opinion journalism. Journalism students, journalism educators, freelancers and opinion journalists who work online or in social media are also encouraged to apply.

“Spending a few days in a room where minorities are the majority truly changed my life,” said Ashley Lee, an entertainment news reporter at the Los Angeles Times and graduate of the 2018 Power of Diverse Voices. “I felt so empowered by the traits and experiences that the world or the industry often considers faulty. Throughout the weekend, I was able to, for the first time, spend more time working on crafting fresh takes and nuanced opinions, and less time explaining why I’m pitching the ideas in the first place.”

The Power of Diverse Voices workshop grew out of a collaboration between the Association of Opinion Journalists and The Poynter Institute. The original writing workshop for journalists of color ran for nearly two decades at Vanderbilt University before coming to Poynter in 2015. The curriculum was revamped in 2016 under lead faculty Tom Huang’s stewardship to include a heavier focus on digital storytelling.

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.

Participants are selected by a committee with an emphasis on ensuring diversity across race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, geography, religion, technology platforms, organization size and skill sets.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.

Cost

This seminar is being offered at no charge to selected participants based in the United States. Spots are limited.

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • 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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Guest Faculty

  • Eric Deggans
    TV Critic, NPR
    Eric Deggans is NPR's first full-time TV critic. Deggans came to NPR in 2013 from the Tampa Bay Times, where he served a TV/Media Critic and...
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  • Samantha Ragland
    Faculty
    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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  • Fernanda Santos
    Editorial Director, Futuro Media; Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
    Fernanda Santos is the editorial director at Futuro Media and the Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor of practice at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass...
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  • Aisha Sultan
    Home and Family Editor and Columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Aisha Sultan is a nationally syndicated columnist and features writer. Her work connects with parents trying to balance work and home life, while raising kids...
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  • Doris Truong
    Director of Teaching & Diversity Strategies
    Doris Truong is Poynter’s director of teaching and diversity strategies. She helps newsrooms better cover their communities by providing the resources to recruit, retain and...
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