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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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    Want to become a better journalist? Get better friends

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

    Imagine a typical evening out with friends. What are the conversations like? What did you contribute? Do you picture yourself inspired, energized and encouraged by the end of the night? And if not, why?

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    It takes power to unplug

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

    There was a short period of time when I was on antidepressants. I was struggling with insomnia, near-constant jaw pain and regular bouts of anxiety.

    I was suffering major burnout, and it was almost entirely spurred by work.

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    I'm with [redacted]

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

    Being a journalist is a tough gig during election season. Between conventions, debates, evening announcements and vote-counting, there are a lot of late nights. Wading through reader comments on stories and social posts is like navigating a minefield. And then there’s the principle that we should be neutral and impartial — an important concept, but one that seems especially tough to follow this year.

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    How can I help? Advice for White journalists

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

    Last week, I was in South Africa training smart journalists alongside the incomparable Butch Ward.

    We started teaching on Monday, July 4. Throughout the day it seemed nearly everyone we met — journalists, hotel staff, taxi drivers, restaurant servers — cheerfully wished us a happy Independence Day. Spirits were high. I was proud to represent our country overseas.

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    Forget lean in. Stand up.

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

    Cohort! I’m in South Africa for the next week. Today’s newsletter is written and curated by the wonderful Amy Vernon, who did an outstanding job. I’m so excited to share her essay, links and badass profile with you all. Thank you, Amy!

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    Take a deep breath

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

    Last week, I was in an Iowa hotel room having a mild anxiety attack. I was scheduled to give two hour-long presentations the following day and still needed to finalize some slides and practice my delivery. I didn’t have much time to get it all done and, despite the fact that I knew the material well, I allowed fear to take hold and freaked out about how unprepared I was.

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    OK. Let's be honest

    The Cohort is Poynter's bi-monthly newsletter about women kicking ass in digital media. Starting today, we're syndicating issues here on Poynter.org.

    To the occasional annoyance of my boss, coworkers and husband, I’m always seeking more guidance. I’m hungry for praise and constructive criticism — reassurance that my hard work is being noticed and advice on how to improve.

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    This might be a dumb question, but ...

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

    Oh hey, y’all. I missed you!

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about vulnerability. It can be pretty rare in the workplace, where everyone’s angling to prove that they have the right answers and no one wants to admit otherwise.

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    Oh, baby

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

    I’m turning 31 next week. That means I’m well into my annual routine of overthinking everything and analyzing where I’m at in my life. It’s a real blast.

    This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about children — or rather, the fact that I don’t have any. I don’t feel ready to make that leap just yet. Of course, 31 means that questions from well-meaning friends and family are slowly but surely beginning to mount.

 
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