2017 Bowtie Ball, honoring Judy Woodruff, Nov. 4, 2017. The Poynter Institute

An Evening With David Fahrenthold: A Community Conversation, June 1. The Poynter Institute

Separating Facts from Fake News: A Community Conversation, May 4. The Poynter institute

Cuba-U.S. Relations Under Trump: A View From Havana - A Community Conversation with Rafael M. Hernández, April 24. The Poynter Institute

Room for Trust: Creating Space for Real Engagement, April 21, 2017 The Poynter Institute

An Evening with George C. Edwards III: Is the Electoral College Good for America?, Apr. 13, 2017

An evening with Campbell Brown, Mar. 23, 2017

Covering the Opioid Crisis, Mar. 3, The Buck Foundation, New York, NY The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Design Challenge, 2017: A Project to Create New Visual Models for Digital News Publications, Jan. 27, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL. The Poynter Institute

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.

Upcoming Events

2017 Bowtie Ball

Saturday, November 4, 2017

This year, we will be honoring PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff with the 2017 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.

Recent Past Events

An Evening With David Fahrenthold

Presented by The Poynter Institute
Thursday, June 1, 2017

David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post reporter whom CNN called “a breakout star in the 2016 campaign reporting” will take you behind the scenes in the reporting that was honored with a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in this special event on Thursday, June 1. Fahrenthold was behind some of the biggest scoops of the campaign reporting season. He obtained the “Access Hollywood” tape that upended the campaign in early October. Fahrenthold used Twitter, a phone and a note pad to track millions of dollars that Donald Trump said he donated to charity. The Post’s publisher, Fred Ryan, said Fahrenthold’s work “dominated political conversation during much of the presidential race and ranks as one of the greatest runs of political journalism in recent memory.”
Read more here.

Separating Facts from Fake News

Presented by The Poynter Institute; Sponsored by the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and Duke University
Thursday, May 4, 2017

This special Poynter event explored the rise of fake news and its implications in the digital age. Our panel included: Dylan Byers, a senior media reporter for CNN Media and CNN Politics, David Folkenflik, media correspondent for NPR News, Bill Adair, the Knight professor of journalism and public policy, Duke University, and creator of PolitiFact, and Indira Lakshmanan, the Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at The Poynter Institute.
Read more about the program here.

Cuba-U.S. Relations Under Trump: A View From Havana: A Conversation with Rafael M. Hernández

Presented by The Poynter Institute, Tucker/Hall and the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy
April 24, 2017

Rafael M. Hernández, chief editor of Temas, Cuba’s leading magazine in the social sciences, shared his insights and perspective in this special event. An author and editor of several books, including “Debating U.S.-Cuban Relations: How Should We Now Play Ball?,” Hernández has been professor at the University of Havana, director of U.S. studies at the Centro de Estudios sobre América and has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Texas, among others.

Room for Trust: Creating Space for Real Engagement

Presented by The Poynter Institute
April 21, 2017

Americans’ trust and confidence in the media is at an all-time low. Meanwhile, journalists’ need to build relationships and loyalty with the audience is more important than ever. How do you connect the two? In an intensive one-day, hands-on workshop, we dove into case studies and best practices, identified lessons and created unique audience engagement approaches for news organizations. By focusing on three topic areas — transparency, listening and outreach — we explored how to build trust and engagement with audiences in today’s political landscape. Poynter adjunct Joy Mayer, Andrew DeVigal, chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement at University of Oregon’s SOJC-Portland, and Poynter digital innovation faculty Katie Hawkins-Gaar, lead a group through a mix of group discussions, presentations and hands-on activities that addressed many of the challenges and opportunities that journalists face when prioritizing audience engagement and political coverage.

An Evening with George C. Edwards III: Is the Electoral College Good for America?

Presented by The Poynter Institute
April 13, 2017

George Edwards, a leading scholar of the presidency, will share his insights and perspective in this special event. He has authored many articles and written or edited 25 books on American politics and public policy making. His latest book, Predicting the Presidency: The Potential of Persuasive Leadership shows how the answers to a few questions about the context of a presidency to predict a president’s success in winning support for his initiatives.

An Evening with Campbell Brown

Presented by The Poynter Institute
March 23, 2017

Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships and an award-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC News and CNN, shared her insights and reflected on the state of the media in this special event. Her appearance was part of a program Poynter hosted the same week: the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.
Read more about the program here.

Covering the Opioid Crisis

Led by Al Tompkins, Poynter’s Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
Presented by The Poynter Institute and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
March 3, 2017

Every day in the United States, 44 people die as a result of prescription opioid overdose. The Poynter Institute offered a one-day workshop in New York on March 3 to help journalists cover the unfolding story. The workshop featured front-edge experts who offered journalists the newest information about the size of the problem and keys to controlling it. This was the first in a series of events Poynter will offer across the country in 2017. If you would like information about other upcoming training on covering health care issues, sign up here.
Read more here.

The Poynter Digital Design Challenge, 2017

A Project to Create New Visual Models for Digital News Publications
January 27, 2017

Can better design create a better user experience that engages readers and drives revenue? Participants joined us in January as we heard and saw projects from the designers who are tackling the challenges of digital news design. They presented design concepts based on our initial workshop in October. (You can watch the video replays here.) The concepts of these designers address the reasons for success and failure of the look and feel of news on the web and in apps—and the implications for business models and sustainability. This groundbreaking four-month project is under the direction of Roger Black. He describes the Design Challenge in this video.
Read more about the program here.
Keep up with more about the projects here.

For more information about any of our events or how to support them, please contact Elisa Jackson at or 727-553-4676.

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