Past Public Events

Poynter regularly hosts a variety of events that help members of the community better understand issues surrounding journalism and the people who produce it. Corporate sponsors underwrite program costs, allowing Tampa Bay residents’ gifts to fund student scholarships that offer training to participants who could not otherwise afford Poynter tuition.

Here’s a list of just a few of the conversations and workshops at Poynter over the last 40 years:

Community Conversations & Programs:


December 13, 2016 - An Evening With Marty Baron
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Martin “Marty” Baron, whose role as editor of The Boston Globe was highlighted in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight,” shared his insights on the 2016 election and the state of the media. Baron has been executive editor of The Washington Post since 2013. Previously, he 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.
Read more about the conversation here.

December 9, 2016 - The Bowtie Ball: Honoring Tom Brokaw
This was an evening where we honored NBC News legend and bestselling author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, with the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.
Read more about the program here.
You can watch the presentation here.

November 11, 2016 - An Evening With Dan Rather
Rather, one of America’s best-known journalists, shared his insights and reflected on the state of the media. He has called Edward R. Murrow his “north star” and reflected on the life and career of this television pioneer while at Poynter, during the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. In 2005, Rather stepped down as anchor of CBS Evening News, and he currently hosts Dan Rather Reports.
Read more about the conversation and program here.

October 17-18, 2016 - The Poynter Design Challenge: A Project to Create New Visual Models for Digital News Publications, directed by Roger Black, Art Director, Design Consultant
In this four-month project, Poynter brought together experienced designers and publications experts to envision ways we can improve the digital news environment in immersive, compelling ways. Participants heard from industry experts addressing the reasons for success and failure of the look and feel of news on the web and in apps. They met again in January 2017 to see the concepts developed by each designer and shared feedback around each proposal.
Read more about the program here.
Keep up with more about the projects here.

October 13, 2016 - An Evening With Kathleen Parker, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist
Parker was with us for a special look at the 2016 campaign. She 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.”

September 26, 2016 - Covering the Opioid Crisis
The American opioid and heroin crisis is growing worse. This workshop included front-edge experts who offered journalists the newest information about the size of the problem and keys to controlling it.
Read more about the topic and event here.

August 29, 2016 - The 10UP Summit: 10 Years of User Participation
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 explored lessons from a decade in audience engagement and looked toward the future.
Read more about the Summit here and here.

March 31-April 1, 2016 - 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.
Find more information here.
* March 31, 2016 - The Voices of Social Justice and Equality, Keynote by Congressman John Lewis - and 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.
You can watch a replay of the main Poynter event hosted on the C-SPAN website.
* April 1, 2016 - 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.
* April 1, 2016 - The Future of Civil Rights and Social Justice Journalism - 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.
* April 1, 2016 - 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.
We’ve gathered their tips and techniques in this free online video course at Poynter News University.
Find a historical guide to the journalism recognized by the prizes for exposing injustice in the 20th and 21st centuries here.

February 29, 2016 - 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.
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.
Watch the video here.
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December 2, 2015 - A Conversation with David Maraniss, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Associate Editor of The Washington Post
Watch the video here.
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November 13, 2015 - A Conversation with David Axelrod, Author and Political Consultant
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October 28, 2015 - A Conversation with Andy Borowitz, Political Satirist
Watch the video here.
Note: This video contains adult language and is intended for a mature audience
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October 26, 2015 - Separating Fact From Fiction: What Every Journalist Needs to Know about Health Care Policy
Panel discussion led by Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Affairs

October 9, 2015 - Poynter’s Inaugural Bowtie Ball Honoring Bob Schieffer
Watch the video here.
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September 10, 2015 - A Conversation with Ana Navarro, Political Consultant for CNN, The View and ABC
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August 5, 2015 - Truth & Trust: Exploring Social Justice Issues in Media 

from the Newsroom to the Classroom
Panel discussion led by Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, in San Francisco, California

April 16, 2015 - A Look Inside Washington Politics: An Evening with John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, author of The New York Times’ weekly “Political Memo” column
This event was in partnership with the Association of Opinion Journalists and was held in Washington, DC.

March 13, 2015 - Race & America: Examining Media’s Coverage of Social Justice Issues - A Conversation with Byron Pitts, ABC News’ Nightline Co-Anchor and Chief National Correspondent for ABC News


December 10, 2014 - Dr. George C. Edwards III, Presidential Scholar - “Predicting the Presidency: Explaining Presidential Leadership”
November 5, 2014 - Gayle Sierens, Co-Anchor, News Channel 8 (WFLA), and John Wilson, Anchor, FOX 13 - “Gayle Sierens & John Wilson: Anchoring a Community and Its Stories for Generations”
July 29, 2014 - Tim Franklin, President of The Poynter Institute, Kelly McBride, Vice president of Academic Programs of The Poynter Institute, Rob King, Senior Vice President of SportsCenter and News at ESPN, Brian Stelter, Host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Senior Media Correspondent for CNN Worldwide, Melissa Bell, Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor for, Kathleen Carroll, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Associated Press, Jeff Jarvis, Founder of and Professor and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, Craig Newmark, Founder of craigconnects, Shani Hilton, Executive Editor of Buzzfeed, David Boardman, Dean and Professor of School of Media & Communication at Temple University, Shafqat Islam, Co-founder & CEO of NewsCred, Mario Garcia, Founder of Garcia Media and the Hearst Digital Media Professional-in-Residence at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University - Journalism and the Web@25
February 11, 2014 - 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 - “Pulitzers @ Poynter”


May 27 - July 12, 2013 - “White House News Photographers Eyes of History 2013”
May 9, 2013 - Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent and Anchor, ABC News - “A Community Conversation with Byron Pitts, CBS News”
March 14, 2013 - Eric Deggans, TV/Media Critic and author, Tampa Bay Times; Reginald Roundtree, Anchor, WTSP - “RACE-BAITER: A Community Conversation with Eric Deggans and Reginald Roundtree”
January 17, 2013 - Dave Barry, Humor Columnist and Writer, and Gene Weingarten, Columnist, The Washington Post Magazine - “An Evening with Dave Barry: Why I’m Still Waiting in Line to Vote”


August 28, 2012 - “Morning Joe” hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski - “Lunch with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski” August 26, 2012 - Michael Kranish, Co-author of “The Real Romney;” Washington Bureau Deputy Chief, The Boston Globe - Conversation with Michael Kranish
June 18, 2012 - Jill Geisler - Author; Senior Faculty, Leadership and Management, The Poynter Institute - “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know Book Launch”
June 14, 2012 - Jim Cantore, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel - “Jim Cantore: Storm Tracker”


October 19, 2011 - Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent, CNN - “Dinner & Q&A with Soledad O’Brien”
September 26, 2011 - Juan Williams, Political Analyst, Fox News - “What Ever Happened to Public Debate?”
August 11, 2011 - Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News - Community Conversation with “The Travel Detective”
March 15, 2011 - Bob Woodward, journalist and best-selling author - “Community Conversation with Bob Woodward”


December 3, 2010 - Carl Juste, photojournalist - “Telling Your Life In Pictures”
November 4, 2010 - Tom Brokaw, special correspondent, NBC News - “A Great Generation of Journalism”
November 4, 2010 - Ken Paulson, President & CEO, First Amendment Center, and John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center - “First Amendment Forum: Celebrate and Support the First Amendment”
October 26, 2010 - George Packer, staff writer and author, The New Yorker - “Is America In Decline?”
October 15, 2010 - Steve Lopez, columnist and author, LA Times - “When Columnists Matter Most”
September 18, 2010 - Chip Somodevilla, award-winning photojournalist - “Eyes of History 2010: Exhibition and Lecture”
August 31, 2010 - Dan Rather, journalist and former news anchor - “Tough Questions, Tough Reporter”
May 20, 2010 - Katharine Weymouth, publisher, The Washington Post - “The Edge of Change Colloquium: Leading Change, Embracing A Legacy”
April 13, 2010 - Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent - “WEDU/PBS NewsHour Community Forum - The Changing Media Landscape”
April 6, 2010 - Nicholas Kristof, columnist, New York Times - “Evening with New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof”
January 27, 2010 - Ron Haviv, photojournalist - “Congo/Women: An Evening With Award-Winning Photojournalist Ron Haviv”


October 6, 2009 - Don Gonyea, White House correspondent, NPR (National Public Radio) - “Covering the War at Home: The Story of Our Time”
September 14, 2009 - Ted Koppel journalist and member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame - “Journalism In Crisis: Who’s to Blame?”
June 20, 2009 - Jennifer Weiner, New York Times Best-selling Author - “Journalism Made Me A Novelist”
January 28, 2009 - Chris Mortensen, Suzy Kolber, Jeremy Schaap, Cris Carter and Rob King, ESPN Journalists - “Heroes & Villains: How the Majesty and Money of Sports Affect the Values and Culture of American Life”


September 15, 2008 - Juan Williams, news analyst, National Public Radio and Connie Schultz, columnist, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer - “Election 2008: Covering the Issues”
May 20, 2008 - Anne Hull, national reporter, The Washington Post and David Maraniss, associate editor, The Washington Post - “A Community Conversation: Covering the War at Home: The Story of Our Time”
February 15, 2008 - Gwen Ifill, journalist and host, Washington Week - “Gwen Ifill: Inside and Outside the Beltway”


November 10, 2007 - Howard Troxler, columnist, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) - “At Least that Crisis is Fixed - Oh Wait…”
July 28, 2007 - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, assistant managing editor, The Washington Post and Martha Raddatz, chief White House correspondent, ABC News - “The War in Iraq: Stories of Heroism, War & Family”


October 20, 2006 - Bob Schieffer, host, Face the Nation (and former host of the CBS Evening News) and Jim Naughton, President Emirtus, The Poynter Institute - “Poynter Leadership Academy Conversation with Bob Schieffer and Jim Naughton”
September 25, 2006 - Sam Donaldson, national correspondent, ABC News and Cokie Roberts, senior news analyst for National Public Radio and political commentator for ABC News - “Press, Politics and American Life”
January 12, 2006 - Art Caplan, columnist for MSNBC, author, and Center for Bioethics Director, University of Pennsylvania and Diana Sugg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, The (Baltimore) Sun - “At Least that Crisis is Fixed - Oh Wait…”


September 15, 2005 - William Raspberry - “Educating Our Children” February 22, 2005 - Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman and Publisher, New York Times Company - “Talk Back! To the New York Times”

Public Workshops:


October 27, 2013 - Roy Peter Clark, Jayne Anne Phillips, Daniel Ruth, Lori Roy, Tom French & Kelley Benham, Jeff Klinkenberg - “Write Your Heart Out Tampa Bay”
May 18, 2013 - Roy Peter Clark, David Finkel, DeNeen L. Brown, Ezra Klein, Bob Woodward - “Write Your Heart Out, Washington”


November 17, 2012 - Roy Peter Clark, Jess Walter, Nancy Rawles, Jim Lynch, Jacqui Banaszynski, Ken Armstrong - “Write Your Heart Out, Seattle”
November 9, 2012 - Jill Geisler and Butch Ward - “Great Bosses Boot Camp: Performance Management”
October 11, 2012 - Roy Peter Clark, Paul Tash, Jill Geisler - “Writing With Roy for Executives”
May 12, 2012 - Roy Peter Clark, David Maraniss, Dana Milbank, Donna Britt, Sally Jenkins - “Write Your Heart Out, Washington”


October 1, 2011 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Lonnae O’Neal Parker, Anne Hull, Eugene Robinson, Kathleen Parker, Gene Weingarten - “Write Your Heart Out, Washington”
July 8, 2011 - Cartoonists: Clay Bennett, Steve Kelley, Ann Telnaes, Rob Rogers, Jack Ohman, Joel Pett - “Cartoonapalooza: F!reworks in Pen and Ink!”


December 9, 2010 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French, Lane DeGregory, Jacqui Banaszynski, Michelle Hiskey - “Telling Your Story”
November 5, 2010 - Ellyn Angelotti & Others - “Social Media Day”
June 19, 2010 - Roy Peter Clark, Lane DeGregory - “Writing with Roy”
May 22, 2010 - Tom French, Roy Peter Clark - “Get it Published”
January 23, 2010 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French, Lane DeGregory - “Writing with Roy in Sarasota”


December 12, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French, Lane DeGregory - Writing with Roy”
December 9, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Kelly McBride - “Write Your Way Into College”
September 12, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Kelly McBride - “Write Your Way Into College”
June 13, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Chip Scanlan, Lane DeGregory - Writing with Roy”
April 18, 2009 - Roy Peter Clark, Keith Woods, Tom French - Writing with Roy”