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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 was founded by Katie Hawkins-Gaar, organizer of Poynter's Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, and is currently written by Rachel Schallom.

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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    The Cohort: Sometimes you need to lean out

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

    One of the most common pieces of work advice I give women is to know when and how to put themselves first. We need to be healthy, physically and mentally, in order to be effective leaders, productive employees and empathetic coworkers.

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    The Cohort: How to be a low-key leader

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

    A few years after starting my career, I was promoted to assistant features editor at a daily newspaper. And...I didn’t love it. Maybe I hadn’t had enough time to report and write, but it wasn’t the leadership role I imagined when I applied. It was management.

    "Did you fill out your time card?”

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    The Cohort: In memory

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

    Hi. This is Kristen Hare. I’m a reporter at Poynter, but you may know me from Katie’s clever sign-offs at the bottom of this newsletter. As The Cohort’s editor, I’m usually behind the scenes. This week, I’m stepping in for Katie.

    On Feb. 4, Katie’s husband, Jamie Hawkins-Gaar, was less than one mile from the finish line of a half-marathon. He collapsed and died. He was 32.

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    The Cohort: To protest or not to protest? It's not a simple question

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

    Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about whether journalists should participate in political demonstrations and online conversations. While the guidance has always been fairly straightforward (simply put: no), the events of the past few weeks and number of political protests have reignited the debate in newsrooms.

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    The Cohort: Expanding the cohort, again

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

    This newsletter launched a year ago with the announcement of the 2016 class of the Leadership Academy of Women in Digital Media. Today, we’re expanding the cohort once more, with another 28 women who will participate in the academy.

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    The Cohort: This year, try focusing on job fulfillment

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

    Happy 2017, friends! I gave up on yearlong resolutions a few years back, but I still adore fresh beginnings and all the promise they hold.

    Instead of setting specific goals this year, I’m focusing on the kind of work I want to do, the kinds of days I want to have, the kind of purpose I want to feel.

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    The Cohort: Does ‘badass’ belong in the workplace?

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

    During the 2015 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, we put together a short video asking participants the best and worst words used to describe women in leadership. Of the 12 women who shared positive descriptors, two said “badass” and one decided on “kick-ass.”

 
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