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.
Please visit us again for more information and look below for a list of some of our past events.
Predicting the Presidency: Explaining Presidential Leadership
December 10, 2014
Attendees joined us for a lively community discussion with leading presidential scholar Dr. George C. Edwards III. As a premier authority on the presidency, Dr. Edwards has written or edited 25 books on American politics and public policy making. He is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and general editor of the Oxford Handbooks of American Politics (Oxford University Press) series. His most recent book, Overreach: Leadership in the Obama Presidency (Princeton University Press), analyzes presidential leadership during the Obama presidency.
Gayle Sierens & John Wilson: Anchoring a Community and Its Stories for Generations
November 5, 2014 (Lunch and Conversation)
Poynter hosted for a luncheon to honor the amazing careers of Gayle Sierens and John Wilson. They shared their stories and we celebrated their lasting impact on our community. Gayle Sierens co-anchors News Channel 8’s “News Channel 8 at 5”, as well as its 6 and 11 PM newscasts. In 1984, she received a Florida Emmy Award for her work in sports reporting. John Wilson joined the FOX 13 news team in 1993, after anchoring the news for a decade on Channel 10. He has received three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
July 29, 2014
Lessons in disruption, evolution and endurance. This year, the World Wide Web turns 25. Poynter marked this milestone in journalism’s history at the Ford Foundation in New York. We gathered journalism’s disruptors, its supporters, its visionaries, its critics, its heroes and its stalwarts. Editors, CEOs, reporters, writers, entrepreneurs and Web mavericks studied the past, examined the present and conjured the future. They sorted through the revolution, evolution and endurance of the Fourth Estate — tracing the trajectory of a quarter century of progress, chaos and well-earned wisdom. This was a lively evening filled with provocative ideas focusing on the future of journalism and the web.
“Pulitzers @ Poynter”
February 11, 2014 (Conversation)
Attendees joined Poynter for an evening with the winners of journalism’s most prestigious prize - Sally Kestin and John Maines of the South Florida Sun Sentinel who won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their investigation into police officers who recklessly speed, endangering the lives of citizens, David Barstow of The New York Times who won for Investigative Reporting for an investigation into how Wal-Mart used widespread bribery to dominate the market in Mexico, Lisa Song and Elizabeth McGowan of Inside Climate News won for National Reporting, for their reports about flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, Tim Nickens and Dan Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times won for Editorial Writing, for their campaign to reverse a decision to end fluoridation of Pinellas County’s water supply.
“Write Your Heart Out Tampa Bay”
October 27, 2013 (Writing Workshop)
The Poynter Institute hosted a day dedicated to making you a better writer. Participants learned from some of the area’s finest authors Roy Peter Clark, Jayne Anne Phillips, Daniel Ruth, Lori Roy, Tom French & Kelley Benham, and Jeff Klinkenberg.
White House News Photographers Eyes of History 2013
May 27 - July 12, 2013 (Photography Display)
May 18, 2013 (Writing Workshop)
The Washington Post and The Poynter Institute, an international leader in journalism education, hosted a workshop dedicated to writing excellence. Participants learned from some of the country’s finest writers: Roy Peter Clark, David Finkel, DeNeen L. Brown, Ezra Klein and special guest Bob Woodward.
“A Community Conversation with Byron Pitts, CBS News”
May 9, 2013 (Community Conversation)
Byron Pitts is chief national correspondent and anchor for ABC News. Previously, he was chief national correspondent for the CBS Evening News and a contributor to “60 Minutes.” In 2010, Pitts published “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges,” a chronicle of his struggle to overcome childhood illiteracy.
“RACE-BAITER: A Community Conversation with Eric Deggans and Reginald Roundtree”
March 14, 2013 (Community Conversation)
Poynter hosted a conversation with Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times TV/Media Critic and author of the new book, “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.” WTSP Anchor Reginald Roundtree and Poynter Faculty and Diversity Director Kenny Irby for what was a lively discussion about coverage of race relations in 2013.
“An Evening with Dave Barry: Why I’m Still Waiting in Line to Vote”
January 17, 2013 (Community Conversation)
The Poynter Institute hosted an evening with Dave Barry and special guest Gene Weingarten. Barry, a humor columnist and one of America’s most versatile writers, has had his work appear in more than 500 newspapers and authored 30 books. In 1988, he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Weingarten’s column, “Below the Beltway,” has appeared weekly in The Washington Post Magazine since 2000. As a feature writer, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in both 2008 and 2010.
“Write Your Heart Out, Seattle”
November 17, 2012 (Writing Workshop)
The Seattle Times and The Poynter Institute held a workshop dedicated to writing excellence. Participants learned from some of the country’s finest writers: Roy Peter Clark, Jess Walter, Nancy Rawles, Jim Lynch, Jacqui Banaszynski and Ken Armstrong.
“Great Bosses Boot Camp: Performance Management”
November 9, 2012 (Leadership Workshop)
This one-day, highly focused and interactive workshop for managers helped build personal leadership skills as well as gain new tools and insights into raising the performance of your staff. Best of all, participants are able to put this practical teaching to work immediately. Participants learned from Poynter’s Jill Geisler, Senior Faculty, Leadership and Management and Butch Ward, Managing Director and Leadership and Management Faculty.
“Writing With Roy for Executives”
October 11, 2012 (Writing Workshop)
The best leaders are great communicators. People are motivated by the vision of a great leader. Participants learned to communicate their vision through clear, powerful and persuasive writing. Join Roy Peter Clark, Poynter’s Vice President and Senior Scholar, during a one-day workshop dedicated to writing excellence in the workplace. Guest faculty included Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Co., and Poynter’s Jill Geisler, Senior Faculty, Leadership and Management.
“Lunch with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski”
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (Community Conversation)
The Poynter Institute hosted a luncheon and conversation with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Joe and Mika will gave their unique perspectives on the convention, politics, media and current events. The audience had an opportunity to ask questions and to hear first-hand from the show’s dynamic duo.
Conversation with Michael Kranish, co-author of “The Real Romney”
Sunday, August 26, 2012 (Community Conversation)
The Poynter Institute hosted a conversation with The Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish, co-author of “The Real Romney,” the definitive biography of the candidate, published in January to uniformly positive reviews as absorbing, informative and fair-minded. Kranish highlighted key findings of the book and answered questions on topics like biography as journalism, what has been surprising and true-to-form in Romney’s run-up to the nomination, how the press has covered the candidate personally and what remains to be revealed (or concealed) during the convention.
“Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know” Book Launch
June 18, 2012
The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and The Poynter Institute celebrated the release of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know.” Author Jill Geisler conducted a Q&A and signed first-in-print copies of her new book.
“Jim Cantore: Storm Tracker”
June 14, 2012 (Community Conversation)
Whether it’s in the middle of an ice storm or a category five hurricane, there is no place Jim Cantore would rather be. He reports tirelessly throughout the duration of the storm to provide live coverage on The Weather Channel. The audience heard him share insights and behind-the-scenes stories from his 25 years of covering nature’s wrath - and the people impacted by it.
“Write Your Heart Out, Washington”
May 12, 2012 (Writing Workshop)
The Washington Post and the nation’s top journalism teaching center, The Poynter Institute, held a workshop dedicated to writing excellence. Participants learned from some of the country’s finest writers: Roy Peter Clark, David Maraniss, Dana Milbank, Donna Britt and special guest Sally Jenkins.