In-Person Training

  • Poynter Environmental Journalism Workshop (DEJW-14)

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    Making Science Storytelling Engaging and Accurate

    In conjunction with the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, this one-day intensive workshop will help science and environmental journalists, bloggers and students produce engaging and informative content.

    With increasing demand to produce compelling science stories, journalists are also faced with entertainment successes, such as “Shark Week” and “Sharknado,” that can confuse scientific fact and fiction.

  • Essential Skills for New Managers (M406b-14)

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    The Great Bosses Seminar Series

    Jump start your management career with this Poynter seminar, which provides the skills and tools you need to succeed.

    Seminar Leader Butch Ward, Senior Faculty for Leadership, Editing and Writing, will be joined for this seminar by Marcy McGinnis, Senior Vice President for Newsgathering at Al Jazeera America. Together with members of the Poynter faculty, Ward and McGinnis will teach you how to improve your staff’s work, coach their development and meet your organization’s goals.

  • Covering Suicide and Mental Health: A McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute (SRICSMHc-14)


    From crafting stories of school violence to war veterans returning home, journalists frequently touch on issues of suicide and mental health. Yet they may lack the knowledge and skills needed to cover these complex subjects.

    During this two-and-a-half day seminar, journalists will get crucial training in the accuracy and insight needed to report on mental health issues, with a focus on suicide, that impact families, communities and public safety.

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Vice President and Senior Scholar, Reporting, Writing & Editing Faculty

    Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter since 1979. Over three decades he has served the institute as dean, vice president, senior scholar, and member of the Board of Trustees. Clark has written or edited 17 books on writing and journalism, the most popular and influential being “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer.” Podcasts of the book have been downloaded more than a million times.

    The New York Times Book Review praised Clark’s book “The Glamour of Grammar” as “a manual for the 21st century.” His most recent work includes the book “Help!

  • Director of Business Development
    Howard I. Finberg is the director of partnerships and alliances at The Poynter Institute. In this role Finberg looks for new training partners, oversees the business side of the Institute’s e-learning site and handles the business development aspects of Poynter’s international teaching. He also looks at new revenue opportunities, mostly related to Poynter training. Previously Finberg was responsible for the creation of Poynter’s e-learning project, News University. NewsU ( launched in 2005 and has more than 220,000 users in 225 countries, accessing more than 300 training modules.