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.

Kenny Irby

Senior Faculty, Visual Journalism and Diversity and Director of Community Relations

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Phone: 727-553-4297

Kenny Irby is Poynter’s senior faculty and director of community relations. 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 new 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.

Howard Finberg

Director of Business Development

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United States
Phone: 727-553-4371
Howard I. Finberg is the director of partnerships and alliances at The Poynter Institute. In this role Finberg looks for new training partners, oversees the business side of the Institute’s e-learning site and handles the business development aspects of Poynter’s international teaching. He also looks at new revenue opportunities, mostly related to Poynter training. Previously Finberg was responsible for the creation of Poynter’s e-learning project, News University. NewsU (www.newsu.org) launched in 2005 and has more than 220,000 users in 225 countries, accessing more than 300 training modules.

Jill Geisler

Senior Faculty, Leadership and Management

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Phone: 727-553-4315

If you want to learn the secrets of being a great leader, ask Jill Geisler. As head of Poynter’s leadership and management programs, she guides managers–from the novice to the veteran–toward success. In Poynter-based seminars, offsite workshops and within organizations, she brings humor and humanity to her well-informed teaching and coaching.

Jill 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.