Online reporting and producing

Kelly McBride

Vice President of Academic Programs

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Phone: 727-553-4340

Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute since 2002 and is now its Vice President of Academic Programs.

The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, frequently seek her advice for internal decisions and quote her expertise in their stories. Until recently, she ran the Ethics Department and the Reporting, Writing and Editing Department at Poynter.

Kenny Irby

Affiliate, Visual Journalism and Diversity

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Phone: 727-553-4297

Kenny Irby is Poynter’s senior faculty of visual journalism and diversity. He is an integral figure in visual journalism education, having founded Poynter’s photojournalism program in 1995. He teaches and consults in the areas of digital photographic reporting, leadership, ethical decision making and diversity integration. Currently, he directs The Write Field initiative, a dynamic academic enrichment and mentoring program for middle school minority male youth.

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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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.