Newsroom management skills

Kenny Irby

Affiliate, Visual Journalism and Diversity

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Kenny Irby served on Poynter’s faculty of visual journalism and diversity from 1995 - 2015.

During his 19-year tenure at Poynter, Irby traveled to Nigeria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Russia, preaching excellence in photojournalism and truth-telling.

Douglas Smith

Independent Consultant

Doug Smith is the founding executive director and architect of The Punch Sulzberger Leadership Program. His challenge-centric design draws on more than three decades of helping thousands of folks lead real performance impact and change in sixty-plus industries and fields across the private, governmental and nonprofit sectors. Doug’s track record of success is cited as #1 for all consultants discussed in the book, High Impact Consulting.

Quentin Hope

Independent Consultant

Quentin Hope is an independent consultant with over 30 years of experience serving clients across a broad range of industries and organizations in the areas of strategic alignment, organization design, organization effectiveness and change management. He also has extensive experience in public media and digital media management and consulting.

His consulting experience includes 13 years with McKinsey & Company as a senior engagement manager, organization specialist and senior fellow with firm’s organization design practice.

Butch Ward

Senior Faculty

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Phone: 727-553-4218

Butch Ward is senior faculty and former managing director at The Poynter Institute, where he teaches leadership, editing, reporting and writing.

He worked for 27 years in newspapers, at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore News American, and was managing editor in both newsrooms. Before joining Poynter in 2005, he spent three years being covered by journalists as vice president for corporate and public affairs at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.

Howard Finberg

Affiliate, Business Development

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United States
Until recently, Howard I. Finberg was The Poynter Institute's director of business development. In this role Finberg looked for new training partners, oversaw the business side of the Institute’s e-learning site and handled the business development aspects of Poynter’s international teaching. He also looked at new revenue opportunities, mostly related to Poynter training. Previously Finberg was responsible for the creation of Poynter’s e-learning project, News University.

Jill Geisler

Affiliate, Leadership and Management

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@JillGeisler

If you want to learn the secrets of being a great leader, ask Jill Geisler. For years, she has guided managers – from the novice to the veteran – toward success. In seminars, workshops and within organizations, she brings humor and humanity to her well-informed teaching and coaching.

Geisler holds the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago.

She is the author of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know,” a workshop-in-a-book that’s helping leaders in all fields, worldwide.

Sara Quinn

Affiliate, Visual Journalism

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Sara Quinn teaches and speaks about visual journalism, leadership and multimedia. She led Poynter’s college fellowship and its partnerships with universities for several years. Sara directed Poynter’s EyeTrack research of newspaper, tablet and online reading habits, which helps journalists determine the best forms for storytelling. She also directed Poynter’s custom training with universities for students and educators.