Welcome to The Cohort

The Cohort: Women Kicking Ass in Digital Media

 

The Cohort is a newsletter and a community for you — rad women working and kicking ass in digital media.

Fans of those women are welcome here, too. It's written by Katie Hawkins-Gaar, Poynter's digital innovation faculty member and organizer of the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.

Why focus on women in digital media? Because there's a massive disparity between the number of women entering the field and those working at the highest levels of the industry. Long-standing issues like pay inequality and sexism in the workplace still exist. And we know from the overwhelming number of talented journalists that apply for the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media that there's a hunger for more training, resources and support for rising women leaders.

Each issue includes thoughts, articles and resources related to women in leadership. The newsletters also showcase the great work you all are producing — featuring a new woman making waves in digital media. Every so often, we'll also bring in guest curators to share their views of the world.

You can subscribe to The Cohort, or follow along on this page. New issues are published every other Thursday.

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  • Article

    The Cohort: Goodbyes are hard

    The Cohort is a Poynter newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    Hi friends,

    This is my last Cohort newsletter. After quite a bit of soul-searching, I’ve decided to leave Poynter, take time off to figure out what’s next in life and do a lot of writing.

  • Culture

    Article

    The Cohort: Give thanks. Yes, even this year.

    The Cohort is a Poynter newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    Gratitude has saved me this year.

    In the months since my husband unexpectedly died, I’ve struggled. I’ve felt hopeless and scared. I’ve been angry and lost. I’ve hit plenty of low points. But I’ve pulled myself out of those ruts time and again by finding things to be thankful for.

  • Article

    The Cohort: It’s been one year since Trump was elected. How are we doing?

    The Cohort is a Poynter newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    Since Nov. 8, 2016, the headlines have been never-ending — a constant stream of breaking news alerts and around-the-clock coverage. We haven’t been able to take a breath and think about what this year has been like for us, the people producing all that coverage, and what we’ve learned from the experience.

  • Career

    Article

    The Cohort: So you got laid off. Now what?

    The Cohort is a Poynter newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    Megan Greenwell is a smart, kind and meticulous editor. Kim Bui is a visionary leader in social newsgathering. Rachel Schallom is a tenacious and strategic project manager. Anita Li is an infectious agent for change. Mandy Velez is a hungry and scrappy reporter.

  • Leadership

    Article

    The Cohort: Making decisions when you’re in a cone of uncertainty

    The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    I made the call to get the hell out of Florida and drive to Atlanta last week. Hurricane Irma was projected to make landfall by the weekend, and I was scheduled to fly to Atlanta for work that Sunday. Driving meant that I would escape the storm, make it to my work meeting and take my champion of a dog, Henry, with me. Plus, I could work remotely from my mom’s apartment and make up for the time I spent on the road.

  • Commentary

    Article

    The Cohort: ‘Don’t call me "dear," f**kface,’ and other ways to approach anger at work

    The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    Alicia Shepard once had an outburst of anger that she’ll never forget. Shepard, the ombudsman for NPR at the time, was attending a board of directors meeting for a group of news ombudsmen. She was one of two women in the room and was years younger than everyone else.

  • Commentary

    Article

    The Cohort: Can we really afford to take time off from work?

    The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media.

    On April 21 at 5:30 p.m., I began the process of unplugging for three months. I sent a final email to my colleagues and turned on my out-of-office reply. I deleted Twitter and Slack from my phone. I reminded myself over and over to not check work-related messages or participate in journalism-related discussions on social media. I shut my work laptop and kept it closed.

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