The Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, taking place the week of Dec. 4, 2016, at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train journalists of color working in digital media.
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 entrepreneurial collaborative teams; managing across differences; 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.
- The Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy application requires several components including work history, an example of a digital project you have worked on, a short bio, a reference letter and a photo.
- The application deadline is at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, Aug. 15.
- Thanks to the generous support of the program’s naming sponsor, The New York Times, as well as additional funding from Facebook, Google, Scripps Howard Foundation and the TEGNA Foundation, tuition for the academy is free
- Employers are encouraged to support participant travel. A limited number of travel stipends will be available.
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