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  • In-person teaching

    Poynter Leadership Academy

    St. Petersburg, Florida

    Listen to Shawna VanNess, Deputy Assistant Managing Editor at Newsday:

    “I consider my time at Poynter to have been a week-long detox, of sorts, that helped me recognize my best work habits and objectively look at what I want to do better, smarter or simply in a more purposeful way. To have been given the opportunity to DO all this in the company of my peers from all over the world, in sessions taught by a dazzling lineup of faculty mentors, is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as a journalist.”

    This year’s academy in St. Petersburg, Oct. 15-20, will be led by Butch Ward, Poynter’s Senior Faculty for Leadership, Editing and Writing, and will feature members of Poynter’s faculty along with some of the country’s leading news managers and innovators. Longtime digital executive Kinsey Wilson will help kick off the seminar by presenting the 2017 Naughton Lecture, offering a first-hand perspective on how newsroom leaders can encourage a fertile environment for innovation.

    Come to Leadership Academy and learn what’s working in digital, broadcast and print newsrooms. You’ll receive personalized 360 feedback from your boss, peers and direct reports. You’ll also receive expert one-on-one coaching — and learn how to do the same for others. Plus you’ll have the chance to improve your writing, your storytelling and your mastery of social media. You will return home with more confidence, better aware of the strengths you can leverage to develop your newsroom staff and build audiences for the coverage you produce. (Want to know more about the week? See below for a proposed schedule.)

    You’ll learn how to:

    • Adjust your leadership style to be the leader your staff needs to succeed.
    • Focus your staff’s efforts — no matter how limited your resources — on journalism that answers your community’s needs.
    • Take advantage of the latest digital tools, skills and strategies.
    • Innovate, collaborate and coach people in new skills and ways of approaching their craft.
    • Deliver feedback that helps your staff improve, and successfully master those difficult conversations that most managers avoid.
    • Prioritize your work in order to invest your time more effectively.
    • Be the manager staffers want to work with—and bosses want to promote.

    Who Will Benefit:

    Talented managers in digital, broadcast or print organizations who want to take their skills and careers to the next level. This program is designed for high-potential people on their way up in organizations.

    Here is our proposed schedule:
    SUNDAY, October 15 (Amphitheater)
    4:00 p.m. ~ Welcome and The Real Me ~ Butch Ward
    5:15 p.m. ~ The Naughton Lecture ~ Kinsey Wilson
    7:00 p.m. ~ Group dinner

    MONDAY, October 16
    9:00 a.m. ~ What’s Your Approach to Leadership (And How’s It Working For You?) ~ Butch
    10:30 a.m. ~ Break
    10:45 a.m. ~ Your ViewPoynt: Feedback: How Others See Your Leadership ~ Faculty
    12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch
    2:00 p.m. ~ Why Can’t We Do Things My Way? – Myers-Briggs® and Management ~ Butch, Katie Hawkins-Gaar
    3:30 p.m. ~ Break
    3:45 p.m. ~ Creating an Organization Where Innovation Actually Occurs ~ Katie and Faculty
    5:15 p.m. ~ Wrapup
    5:30 p.m. ~ Adjourn (Evening free)

    TUESDAY, October 17
    9:00 a.m. ~ Why You Need to Obsess on Audience, and How to Do It ~ Sona Patel
    10:30 a.m. ~ Break
    10:45 a.m. ~ Leadership Mall #1 and Faculty Face Time
    12:15 p.m. ~ Lunch
    2:00 p.m. ~ The Art of Managing Your Boss (For Your Team and Yourself) ~ Marcy McGinnis
    3:30 p.m. ~ Break
    3:45 p.m. ~ Becoming a Two-Track Leader: It’s All About Relationships ~ Butch
    5:00 p.m. ~ Adjourn (Evening free)

    WEDNESDAY, October 18
    9:00 a.m. ~ Difficult Conversations I: Getting Smarter About Conflict ~ Butch
    10:30 a.m. ~ Break
    10:45 a.m. ~ Difficult Conversations: II: Time to Practice! ~ Marcy, Faculty
    12:15 p.m. ~ Lunch
    2:00 p.m. ~ Leadership Mall #2 and Faculty Face Time
    3:15 p.m. ~ Break
    3:30 p.m. ~ Who’s Missing in Our Coverage—and Why? ~ Butch
    5:00 p.m. ~ Adjourn (Evening free)

    THURSDAY, October 19
    9:00 a.m. ~ New Managers and New Ethics: The Power of the Process
    10:45 a.m. ~ Break
    11:00 a.m. ~ Leadership Mall #3 and Faculty Face Time
    12:30 p.m. ~ Lunch
    2:00 p.m. ~ Time’s Up: What Are Your Priorities? ~ Butch
    3:45 p.m. ~ One-on-One Faculty Coaching and Writing Great Boss Plans ~ Faculty
    7:00 p.m. ~ Group dinner

    FRIDAY, October 20
    9:00 a.m. ~ It’s Your Turn: Your Great Boss Plans
    12:00 p.m. ~ Lunch – Poynter’s treat as you dine and finish your evaluations
    1:15 p.m. ~ Taking It Home ~ Butch
    1:45 p.m. ~ Graduation and Closing Remarks
    2:30 p.m. ~ Adjourn!

    One last fact: Poynter’s Leadership Academy has provided a turning point in many a journalism career.

    It could mark a turning point in yours.

    Questions? Email us at seminars@poynter.org.

    Special pricing is available for this seminar

    • Some of our members receive discounts on Poynter training. Not a member yet? Learn more about our Poynter Prepared Membership Program and find the plan that’s right for you.


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    Butch Ward

    Senior Faculty, Leadership, Poynter

    The Poynter Institute

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    Kinsey Wilson

    Special Advisor to the President and CEO, The New York Times

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    Marcy McGinnis

    Communications Trainer, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

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    Sona Patel

    Senior Social Strategy & UGC Editor, The New York Times

    Please note: The application deadline for this event has passed.


    Here’s a fact: Each October, managers destined to play major leadership roles in their newsrooms come from all over the world to Poynter. Why?

    To become the leaders they aspire to be.

    Leadership Academy is Poynter’s premier seminar for high-potential managers. This highly-interactive five-day program offers participants the chance to refine their leadership styles, update their understanding of management and media trends and tools, and receive the personal coaching necessary to accelerate their effectiveness as leaders.

  • In-person teaching

    Poynter 2017 Innovation Tour: Inside America’s Leading News Organizations

    Washington, D.C., and New York City

    Last November’s tour was a hit with participants from abroad and the U.S. Besides news company executives, academia and foundations were represented.

    To allow for dialogue with news leaders, participation is capped at 12. We expect spots to fill early on a first-come, first-served basis—so enroll now.

    Here’s our schedule:

    Washington D.C.┃Oct. 15-17, 2017

    • Pew Research Center, with Amy Mitchell, Director of Journalism Research, Pew; and Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute
    • The Washington Post, with Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Managing Editor; Megan Chan, Director of Digital Operations
    • USA Today Network, with Patty Michalski, Senior Director of Digital Audience Development; Joanne Lipman, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer

    New York City┃Oct. 18-20, 2017

    • Google, with Daniel Sieberg, Global Head of Training & Development, Google News Lab
    • The Associated Press, with Jim Kennedy, Senior Vice President Strategic Planning; Francesco Marconi, Strategy Manager;
    • The New York Times, with Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, Deputy Publisher
    • Chartbeat
    • Quartz

    Tuition price includes:

    • Accommodations for five nights, Sunday through Friday
    • Train transportation to second study tour destination (excludes arrival to first tour stop in Washington, D.C. and departure to home city at end of tour)
    • Meals during the tour
    • Ground transportation during the tour

    What is not included:

    • International and domestic flights to Washington, D.C., and from New York to home city
    • Airport transfers and baggage fees
    • Extras

    Registration for this exclusive event is $7,000. Our early-bird rate is $6,250 if you register by July 1. The final tour registration deadline is Sept. 18.

    Questions? You can email us at seminars@poynter.org.

    Who will benefit:

    Publishers, editors and any media leaders around the world who are responsible for revenue in their organizations. (Please note that all sessions on the tour will be in English.)

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    Rick Edmonds

    Media Business Analyst & Leader of News Transformation

    The Poynter Institute

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    Amy Mitchell

    Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center

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    Megan Chan

    Director of Digital Operations, The Washington Post

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    Patty Michalski

    Senior Director of Digital Audience Development, USA TODAY Network

    Please note: The registration deadline for this event has passed.

    Join Poynter’s media business analyst Rick Edmonds for the third edition of Poynter’s annual innovation tour to Washington and New York from Oct. 15-20.

    This year, the tour will include stops at The Washington Post, USA Today Network, The New York Times and Associated Press. Digital stops include Google’s New York office, Quartz and top digital metric firm Chartbeat. We will also visit the Pew Research Center. We will be looking for the latest revenue-generating products at each stop and for innovation ideas adaptable to smaller journalistic enterprises.

  • In-person teaching

    Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media (December 2017)

    The Poynter Institute

    The interactive, week-long academy will focus on critical leadership skills journalists of color face on the path to leadership in digital journalism and technology. Sessions will explore developing effective management styles; understanding journalism business models; navigating newsroom and digital culture; building collaborative teams; managing across differences; audience engagement; emerging technologies; and coaching critical thinking. The program will be structured to encourage open, candid discussion and mentoring, and participants will walk away with not only strong leadership skills, but a built-in support system for the future. All participants will get one-on-one coaching, seek and analyze 360 feedback, and create a personal leadership strategy.

    Poynter and the National Association of Black Journalists will convene a group of 25 U.S.-based journalists. Because of the small size of the class, the selection committee will give preference to emerging leaders currently working in digital media who can demonstrate an aptitude and potential for leadership through current projects and references.

    Who Will Benefit:
    Journalists of color working in the digital space with leadership responsibilities or demonstrated leadership potential.

    Thanks to the generous support of the program’s naming sponsor, TEGNA, as well as sponsorship from The New York Times and the Scripps Howard Foundation, tuition for the academy is free. Employers are encouraged to support participant travel. A limited number of travel stipends will be available.

    Questions? Email us seminars@poynter.org.

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    Mizell Stewart III

    Vice President of News Operations, USA TODAY Network; Adjunct Faculty, The Poynter Institute

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    Sarah Glover

    Social Media Editor, NBC Owned Television Stations; NABJ President

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    Russ Torres

    Vice President of Digital Video Content and Strategy, USA TODAY Network

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    Tim Wong

    Senior Director of UX and Design, USA TODAY Network

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    Keith Woods

    Vice President of Newsroom Training and Diversity, NPR

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    Butch Ward

    Senior Faculty, Leadership, Poynter

    The Poynter Institute

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    Ren LaForme

    Digital Tools Reporter, Poynter

    The Poynter Institute

    The Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, taking place the week of Dec. 3, 2017, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train journalists of color working in digital media.

    Please note: The application deadline for this event has passed.

  • Article

    4 ways managers can invest their time wisely

    In any organization, time is the most precious resource of all. Here are ways a manager can save time by investing it wisely with their staff.

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