Rising Newsroom Leadership Training

Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders

March 2, 2018
Teaching Date
Apr. 8 - 13, 2018
The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

Hey, managers: Need a shot of confidence? It’s time to let Poynter help you jumpstart your management career.

Maybe you’re an inexperienced manager just starting your new role. Or maybe you’ve got managerial experience but have had little training. In either case, you could use some tools — along with that dose of confidence.

Essential Skills for Rising Newsroom Leaders will give you both: the tools and the confidence to lead and grow a staff of high-performing journalists.


You’ll receive personalized feedback — from your newsroom — about your strengths and challenges. You’ll get help for leading your staff through the transition of becoming digital-first. You’ll get customized advice for addressing your most pressing concerns with coaching from Poynter faculty, one-on-one.

You’ll return home with confidence and management tools that will begin paying dividends immediately.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Establish your credibility as a leader, even if you are new in your role
  • Manage people who were once your peers, friends or bosses
  • Provide feedback and coaching that will help your staff improve 
  • Conduct difficult conversations that get results
  • Use your time more effectively
  • Build trusting relationships with your staff, your peers -- and your boss
  • Focus your staff’s work every day on the audiences you serve 
  • Understand how analytics can help inform your coverage and improve your staff's work
  • Organize teams that collaborate to get important stuff done   

Here is a tentative schedule:

SUNDAY, April 8

4:00 p.m. “The Real Me” and the Week Ahead ~ Butch Ward, Cheryl Carpenter, Marissa Nelson

7:00 p.m. Group Dinner

MONDAY, April 9

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 p.m. Your ViewPoynt Feedback: How Others See Your Leadership ~ Faculty

12:30 p.m. Lunch in the Dining Room

1:30 p.m. Why Can't We Do Things My Way? ~ Myers-Briggs® and Management ~ Cheryl, Butch

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. What Are You Thinking Now? ~ Cheryl, Marissa

5:00 p.m. Adjourn (Evening on your own)

TUESDAY, April 10

9:00 a.m. Making Ethical Decisions: The Power of Process ~ Indira Lakshmanan

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 p.m. Becoming a Two-Track Coach: It’s All About Relationships ~ Butch

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Speaking of Important Relationships, How About Your Boss? ~ Cheryl

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. When the Going Gets Tough… What’s a Leader to Do? ~ Marissa

5:15 p.m. Adjourn (Evening on your own)


9:00 a.m. Cool Journalism Stuff ~ Ren LaForme

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Transforming Your Newsroom into an Audience-First Machine ~ Marissa

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. #MeToo and What It Means to Your Leadership ~ Cheryl

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Who’s Missing in Our Coverage—and Why? ~ Butch

5:15 p.m. Adjourn (Evening on your own)

THURSDAY, April 12

9:00 a.m. Difficult Conversations: Getting Smarter about Conflict ~ Butch

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 p.m. Difficult Conversations Boot Camp: Let’s Practice! ~ Cheryl, Marissa

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Time’s Up: What Are Your Priorities? ~ Butch

3:15 p.m. 1-on-1 Coaching, Writing Your Personal Develoment Plans

7:00 p.m. Group dinner

FRIDAY, April 13

9:00 a.m. It’s Your Turn: Presenting Your Personal Development 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. Seminar ends

Who Will Benefit:

New managers from digital, broadcast and print organizations. This seminar is also beneficial to experienced managers who have had little or no management training. Employees who are about to be promoted will also be considered for acceptance.

Pricing: $1,395

Questions? Email us at seminars@poynter.org.

Want to attend but the timing isn't right? We're offering this training in December, too. 


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