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.
Led by Al Tompkins, Poynter’s Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
Presented by The Poynter Institute and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
September 26, 2016
The American opioid and heroin crisis is growing worse. The Poynter Institute will offer a free one day workshop to help journalists cover the unfolding story. The workshop, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., will include front-edge experts who will offer journalists the newest information about the size of the problem and keys to controlling it. Can’t attend the daylong event event? Join us for the luncheon panel only.
Directed by Roger Black, Art Director, Design Consultant
Sponsored by William R. Hearst III
October 17-18, 2016
In this unique, four-month project, Poynter will bring together experienced designers and publications experts to envision ways we can improve the digital news environment in immersive, compelling ways. Join us in October as we kick off this groundbreaking project, under the direction of Roger Black, in New York. You’ll hear industry experts address the reasons for success and failure of the look and feel of news on the web and in apps. We will gather again Jan. 27, 2017, at The Poynter Institute. You’ll see the concepts developed by each designer and share in the feedback around each proposal.
Presented by The Poynter Institute
December 9, 2016
Join us for an evening where we will honor NBC News legend and bestselling author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw with the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
Recent Past Events
Poynter’s Pulitzer Centennial Celebration
The Pulitzer Prize Board, in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, 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.
For more information about any of our events or how to support them, please contact Elisa Jackson at email@example.com or 727-553-4676.