Poynter regularly hosts a variety of events that help members of the community better understand issues surrounding journalism and the people who produce it. Visit this page often for an updated list of upcoming speakers with links to buy tickets.
Led by Katie Hawkins-Gaar, Poynter’s Digital Innovation Faculty, and Joy Mayer, Engagement Strategist
Presented by The Poynter Institute and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
August 29, 2016
It has been 10 years since the launch of CNN iReport, one of journalism’s first major initiatives in participatory storytelling. It’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve learned. What’s changed in the past 10 years? What will the next 10 look like? We’ll answer those questions on Aug. 29 at the Hearst Tower in New York City. In a one-day event made possible with funding by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we’ll explore lessons from a decade in audience engagement and look toward the future.
Recent Past Events
Poynter’s 40th Anniversary Speaker Series
Poynter Presents a Pulitzer Centennial Celebration
The Pulitzer Prize Board, in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, has selected the Poynter Institute to conduct a two-day event aimed at highlighting the historical achievements of journalists and others who produced Pulitzer Prize-winning work in the service of civil rights, social equality and democracy.
Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
The Voices of Social Justice and Equality
Keynote by Congressman John Lewis
The celebration was a spectacular evening celebrating the work of Civil Rights-era Pulitzer Prize winners. Through photography, fine arts, live music and dance performances, the work of Civil Rights-era Pulitzer Prize winners was showcased. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a legendary Civil Rights leader and an organizer of the Selma Bridge March in 1965, delivered the keynote address.
Friday, April 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.
Social Justice Beyond Race
People experience social injustice as they face large and often impenetrable institutions of education, the criminal justice system, health care, banks, and much more. The poor cannot escape the floods in New Orleans; the water is poisoned in Flint, Michigan; city schools in Florida are “failure factories.” Can a Pulitzer Prize be won by journalists who can anticipate these potential disasters, or are we doomed, at a time of diminishing resources, to be reporting from behind? Panelists included Pulitzer winners and other journalism experts: Liz Balmaseda, Jacqui Banaszynski, Anne Hull, Clarence Williams, Diana Sugg, Tom Huang, Rob King and Gregory Favre. This was the second event in a series of four events over the two-day celebration.
Friday, April 1, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.
The Future of Civil Rights and Social Justice Journalism
Lunch and Program
We are a half century beyond the days of Birmingham and Selma. Where is the next generation of Pulitzer Prize winners? How can they help us grow as a democracy of social justice, civil rights, and equality? Eric Deggans, TV critic for National Public Radio and author, was the moderator during this luncheon event and discussion. Panelists included four Pulitzer Prize winners: Leonard Pitts, the Miami Herald; Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post; Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press. This was the third event in a series of four events over the two-day celebration.
Friday, April 1, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.
The Great Pulitzer Prize Writing Teach-In
More than a dozen Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and master teachers shared the most reliable secrets of their craft for students, educators, journalists, and freelance writers. In a free-flowing sequence of lessons, participants got to experience an inspirational and instructive writing workshop. Teachers included: Tom French, Leonard Pitts, Jacqui Banaszynski, Ben Montgomery, Diana Sugg, Lane DeGregory, Stephen Henderson, Alexandra Zayas, Keith Woods, Mario Garcia, Howell Raines and Roy Peter Clark. This was the final of four events planned in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Business of Professional Sports: An Evening with the Owners of the Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers
Stuart L. Sternberg, principal owner of Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball, Jeffrey N. Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, and Bryan Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League
Presented by The Poynter Institute
February 29, 2016
In a unique public event, three local sport team owners discussed the business of professional sports before a gathering of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and members of the general public.
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