Reporting, Writing and Editing

Covering the Opioid Crisis: A Workshop for Illinois Journalists

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A McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute
This seminar is focused on helping Illinois journalists cover the national opioid crisis. There are some seats available for journalists outside of Illinois.

Chicago and Cook County are at the center of a national crisis. The Chicago Metropolitan area ranks first nationwide in emergency department mentions for heroin use. Cook County ranks first in the nation for percentage of arrestees testing positive for opiates. Downstate counties have seen opioid overdose cases rise between 300% to 600% in the last five years.

Police and Deadly Force: Finding Stories in the Data

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The program application period is now closed. All applicants will learn of their status the week of Aug. 21. Thank you.

A McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute

The Poynter Institute is offering this free focused training for journalists who want to learn how to cover police shootings and deadly force.

In this seminar, you will:

  • Explore the data involving police and fatal shootings.

Separate – And Still Unequal

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A Day of Learning & Dialogue on the Future of Public Schools

Offered in partnership with the Education Writers Association

We are no longer accepting applications for this program.

It has been more than 60 years since the Supreme Court of the United States offered this opinion: “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

Does anyone in America still believe that is true? What is the evidence in your home town?

Poynter Leadership Academy (October 2017)

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Here’s a fact: Each October, managers destined to play major leadership roles in their newsrooms come from all over the world to Poynter. Why?

To become the leaders they aspire to be.

Leadership Academy is Poynter’s premier seminar for high-potential managers.

TV Power Reporting Academy (2017)

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I think that my attending this workshop will help my newsroom as a whole. For one thing, it gives me a bit more gravitas. Everyone was eager to hear what I’d learned, and when I suggested to my boss a different way of handling a story (by trying to find people affected by the issue instead of just getting a quote from an official), he agreed, even tho it will take longer. So, WIN!”

Some of the biggest names in local and network television journalism are graduates from the Poynter Institute’s Power Reporting seminar.

Poynter Summit on Reporting and Editing (May 2017)



In a 24/7 news cycle, how do you cut through the noise and tell stories that connect with your audience?

Break out of your routine with the Reporting and Editing Summit. Our lineup of award-winning journalists and expert teachers will show you how digital approaches and storytelling tools can transform your work—whether it’s a daily story or a major project.

Two tracks will help you dig deeper: beat/enterprise reporting and editing.

High School Journalism Program (June 2017)

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The deadline has been extended to May 28 at 5 p.m. This is the final deadline to apply. Plenty of seats still remain.

Learn journalism from the pros. Come to Poynter this summer.

Be one of a select group of high school students in the Tampa Bay area selected to participate in this prestigious, intensive program. This one-week workshop for high school students will improve your writing, teach you new ways to use social media and digital storytelling tools, and hone your understanding of journalism’s role in a democracy.

The Poynter Summer Language Arts Institute (July 2017)

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Under the direction of Dr. Roy Peter Clark and a team of language arts specialists, you will learn how to teach – in a way that sticks – the competencies your students will need to meet the new standards.

For the fourth consecutive year, Poynter will conduct this institute in support of Language Arts teachers. Get ready to be treated like professionals. Get ready to be listened to and respected.

Teachapalooza VII (June 2017)

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5/30/17: Registration is now closed. Please email us at with any questions.

Teachapalooza is the place to catch up, power up and re-ignite your passion for teaching. Join us June 2-4, 2017, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Fla., for three fast-paced days of relevant, cut-to-the-chase learning for journalism educators.

Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media (March 2017)

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We are no longer accepting applications for this program. The 2017 class will be announced in January.

Now in its third year, the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is returning to Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, the week of March 19-24, 2017.

This transformative program, open to 28 participants, focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of digital media leadership.