Poynter Local News Innovation Program
A Project of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative
Finally, here’s a program that can help your legacy newsroom achieve a digital transformation.
The Poynter Local News Innovation Program, part of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, is designed to help your organization learn what it needs to do to make the successful transition to sustainable digital publishing.
But it doesn’t stop there: This program helps you actually make those changes.
The Poynter program expands the reach of the Knight-Temple Table Stakes program, which enlisted four metro newspapers to identify and make the baseline changes necessary for legacy newsrooms to compete and succeed in a digital environment.
Poynter’s project will bring together leadership teams from up to 20 news organizations for a year-long effort designed to:
- Provide a pathway, based on the seven Tables Stakes developed in the project’s first round, for transforming your news organization into an audience-focused, digital-first, market-leading, sustainable enterprise. (Learn more about the seven Table Stakes in our FAQ.)
- Define specific performance initiatives that will significantly advance your digital transformation and successfully achieve your objectives over the course of the year.
- Identify and address the underlying skill, role, workflow, technology and culture changes required to achieve the objectives of the performance initiatives you take on.
- Develop the individual skills and organizational capabilities you’ll need to continue the work beyond the project, using the tools and methodologies of performance-driven change, as used in the Sulzberger Leadership Program of the Columbia School of Journalism.
- Develop a peer network of news organizations that you can draw on to share and gain learnings, approaches, tools, technology and other resources in your mutual efforts to transform your organizations.
The Poynter program is open to all U.S. newspaper organizations, regardless of size, geography or ownership model. To be considered for this program, leaders in each organization must commit to full participation in the project, and its goals and objectives. Details are in our FAQ.
How does the project work?
This spring, the selected news organizations will gather at Poynter to learn about the seven Table Stakes for digital publishing, assess your gaps in meeting those requirements and identify specific performance initiatives to close those gaps. Throughout the year, you will participate in a series of online seminars and coaching sessions to help you meet your initiative objectives. The project will conclude at Poynter with a two-day gathering of all participants in the spring of 2018. Details are in our FAQ.
You will hear first-hand from the four local news organizations that participated in the 2016 Table Stakes program (Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Philadelphia Media Network). And you will work with program leaders and Poynter faculty to begin the work of applying those lessons to your organization.
Participants in the project can expect that in the process of achieving the Table Stakes, you will learn the methodology and tools of performance-based change, a capability that can benefit your organization in any future challenge. You also will build relationships with peer newsrooms that can continue long after the final meeting at Poynter.
Organizations that are selected for this Poynter program will be required to sign this Participant Commitment.
The program pays for all tuition and coaching fees, as well as for one dinner and all lunches during the two in-person sessions. Participants will pay for their travel, lodging, ground transportation, meals outside the sessions and related expenses for the in-person gatherings. Participants also agree to make investments and reallocate resources in order to accomplish the initiatives they choose to pursue at the start of the project.
This is a program that could change the direction of your news organization. Applications will be accepted until March 13. The application period has now passed..