Events

Covering the Opioid Crisis, Sept. 26, National Press Club, Washington, D.C. The Poynter Institute

An Evening with Kathleen Parker, Oct. 13, 2016 The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Design Challenge: A Project to Create New Visual Models for Digital News Publications, Oct. 17-18, New York City. The Poynter Institute

An Evening with Dan Rather, Nov. 11, 2016 The Poynter Institute

Bowtie Ball, December 9, 2016 - The Poynter Institute to honor NBC News legend and bestselling author, Tom Brokaw. The Poynter Institute

An Evening with Marty Baron, Dec. 13, 2016 The Poynter Institute

The 10UP Summit: 10 Years of User Participation, Aug. 29, Hearst Tower, New York City. The Poynter Institute

Pulitzer Centennial Celebration at Poynter, March 31-April 1. The Poynter Institute

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 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

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
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.

An Evening With Kathleen Parker

Presented by The Poynter Institute, with support from Greg and Liz Sembler
October 13, 2016

Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, will join us Oct. 13 for a special look at the 2016 campaign. Parker writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture for The Washington Post that is syndicated nationally. In 2010, she received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “her perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions.” A Florida native, Parker started her column in 1987 when she was a staff writer for the Orlando Sentinel. This program is the first of four planned community conversations as part of the institute’s annual speaker series.

The Poynter Design Challenge: A Project to Create New Visual Models for Digital News Publications

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.

An Evening With Dan Rather

Presented by The Poynter Institute
November 11, 2016

Dan Rather, one of America’s best-known journalists, will share his insights and reflect on the state of the media in this special event on Friday, Nov. 11. His appearance is part of a program Poynter is hosting: the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. Rather has called Murrow his “north star” and will reflect on the life and career of this television pioneer while at Poynter. In 2005, Rather stepped down as anchor of CBS Evening News, and he currently hosts Dan Rather Reports. This program is one of four planned community conversations as part of the institute’s annual speaker series.

The Bowtie Ball: Honoring Tom Brokaw

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.

An Evening With Marty Baron

Presented by The Poynter Institute
December 13, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Martin “Marty” Baron, whose role as editor of The Boston Globe was highlighted in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight,” will share his insights on the 2016 election and the state of the media. Baron, a native of Tampa, has been executive editor of The Washington Post since 2013. Previously, Baron was the editor of the Globe for 11 years. Under his leadership, the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes, including the Pulitzer for Public Service in 2003 for its investigation into a decades-long coverup of sexual abuse by priests within the Boston Archdiocese. This program is one of four planned community conversations as part of the institute’s annual speaker series.

Recent Past Events

The 10UP Summit: 10 Years of User Participation

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? These questions were discussed 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 explored lessons from a decade in audience engagement and looked toward the future.

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 ejackson@poynter.org or 727-553-4676.

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