In-Person Training

  • Poynter’s Sensemaking Summit for Journalists: Florida

    Seminar
    08/13
    Apply By: 
    08/05

    As a journalist, you are bombarded by news releases, scientific studies and political promises. You need help sorting through what is real, what is noise and what is flat-out deception.

    The Poynter Institute is offering a free workshop at our campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, to help you ask key questions that will make your reporting more reliable and make your journalism stand out from others who just report what they read or hear.

  • Deadly Force: A McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute

    Seminar
    08/25-08/26
    Apply By: 
    08/05

    The Poynter Institute is offering free focused training for journalists who want to learn how to explore the data involving police and fatal shootings. This intensive two-day workshop in Chicago features top journalists who have covered this story as guest faculty. Participants will also learn how to use databases to sort and make sense of mountains of statistics.

    Participants will also hear from a researcher/journalist with a Stanford University project that is examining 100 million traffic stops across the nation.

  • Poynter’s Sensemaking Summit for Journalists: Ohio

    Seminar
    08/27

    As a journalist, you are bombarded by news releases, scientific studies and political promises. You need help sorting through what is real, what is noise and what is flat-out deception.

    The Poynter Institute is offering a free workshop at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, to help you ask key questions that will make your reporting more reliable and make your journalism stand out from others who just report what they read or hear.

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Faculty, Grants Manager

    Wendy Wallace oversees Poynter’s grants and assists with other advancement work for the Poynter Foundation and is a member of the Poynter faculty.

    She was editor of her high school and college newspapers and interned during her college summers at The Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal and St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times). After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and operations and systems management and an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, she came to work as a reporter for the Times in 1986. At the Times, she covered general assignment, police, schools and business, then worked in circulation marketing, finance and eventually as internal services director, a position similar to marketing director, responsible for creative services, research and event marketing for the newspaper.

    Wendy became the high school program director at Poynter in 2004, organizing workshops for high school students and teaching at high school journalism conventions across the country. Because of her marketing and business background, she began assisting with Poynter’s development work a few years later and now manages a grants portfolio of about $750,000/year. She also helped launch Poynter’s revitalized journalism entrepreneurship program in 2010.

    She earned Certified Journalism Educator teaching certification from the Journalism Education Association in 2010. Wendy is past president of the Indiana University Journalism Alumni Board, served on the advisory committee for the Journeys in Journalism program for the Pinellas County Schools and is on the advisory board for the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University.

  • Senior Faculty

    Butch Ward is senior faculty and former managing director at The Poynter Institute, where he teaches leadership, editing, reporting and writing.

    He worked for 27 years in newspapers, at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore News American, and was managing editor in both newsrooms. Before joining Poynter in 2005, he spent three years being covered by journalists as vice president for corporate and public affairs at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.