Summit for Reporting and Editing 2019 Updated

Summit for Reporters and Editors in Multi-Platform Newsrooms

DEADLINE: March 25
TEACHING DATE: April 28-May 3
LOCATION: The Poynter Institute
COST: $1,395

In a 24/7 news cycle, how do you build the skills to report, write and edit stories that connect with your audience?

Throughout this intensive week of training and personalized coaching, our lineup of award-winning journalists and expert teachers will show you how digital approaches and narrative writing techniques can transform your work—whether it’s a daily story or a major project. This unique program will boost the skills of reporters and editors who seek greater impact and relevance in digital and multi-platform newsrooms.

Here’s what two participants from 2018 program told us:

“I’ve learned more in this past week than I have in university.” 
— Negar Mojtahedi, News Producer/Online, Radio, TV Reporter, Global BC News

“I walked away with tangible ideas to influence and reshape how we think about storytelling as my newsroom prepares to launch a new digital-first project. And I picked up a number of great ideas and tips that I believe will make me a better editor and coach.” 
— Desiree Hicks, Supervising Senior Editor, NPR

Ready to be a Summiteer? Apply by March 25.


Tom Huang
Assistant Managing Editor for Features and Community Engagement/Editing Fellow
Dallas Morning News/The Poynter Institute

Jacqui Banaszynski
Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School of Journalism
Poynter Editing Fellow

Neil Bedi
Investigative Reporter
Tampa Bay Times

Maria Carrillo
Assistant Managing Editor for Enterprise Organization
Tampa Bay Times

Roy Peter Clark
Senior Scholar, Reporting, Writing & Editing
The Poynter Institute

Justine Griffin
Health and Medicine Reporter
Tampa Bay Times

Kathleen McGrory
Deputy Investigations Editor
Tampa Bay Times

Ren LaForme
Digital Tools Reporter,
The Poynter Institute

Al Tompkins
Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
The Poynter Institute

Program details

Two tracks will help you dive more deeply into beat/enterprise reporting and editing. And we’ll come together in large group sessions to explore the common threads that will help you tell more powerful stories, no matter what role you play in your organization. In the process, you’ll explore the tools and techniques that will help you thrive in the digital age.

For more details, read this Q&A with lead faculty Tom Huang and Jacqui Banaszynski.

At the end of this high-impact week, you’ll leave Poynter 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.

“[Poynter] really is like a spa; it’s a spa for the muscle you usually work out hard every minute of the day.”
— Ben Brasch, Hyperlocal Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As a reporter, you’ll learn to:

  • Turn your watchdog reporting and other investigative projects into compelling “reads” that hold your audience from lead to kicker
  • Improve your interviewing skills to ask better questions — and get the answers you need
  • Infuse your daily deadline reporting with narrative writing, using memorable characters, vivid scenes and focused storylines
  • Develop the heightened senses necessary for gathering the details, nuance and dialogue that distinguish the best narrative reporting and writing
  • Identify fresh, creative stories from civic or institutional beats
  • Map non-traditional beats that reflect how people live today

As an editor, you’ll learn to:

  • Help your team generate fresh and compelling ideas
  • Edit for emphasis and clarity
  • Deliver effective feedback and coaching
  • Explore new ways of telling stories in the digital space
  • Manage big stories and projects

We will also show you:

  • How to tell powerful stories that connect with viewers, particularly on video
  • How to use social media for reporting
  • How to manage a large multiplatform story or project
  • How to make good ethical decisions in the digital age
  • How to use free, easy-to-implement digital tools that you can start applying right away (and how to make them stick in your newsroom)

Who will benefit

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. Reporters, bring your editors! Editors, come with your reporters! If you apply with a colleague, you’ll each receive a $100 discount.

“I did not expect that I would walk away with better clarity about how the long list of responsibilities in my current job is impacting my ability to do the type of work that is meaningful for me. I don’t think I could have gotten that clarity any other way. It was a combination of hearing other people talk about their work, the incredible presenters and the time to reflect on the craft of journalism.”
— Sarah Gustavus, Senior Multimedia Producer, New Mexico PBS

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 tuition is $1,395.

Travel and hotel costs are not included. Poynter negotiates deeply discounted hotel rates for training participants within close proximity to the Institute.

Bring a colleague from your organization and you can each save $100 on tuition. Two people can attend this high-impact week of training for $2,590. Email us at to get the promo code.


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