Applications are open for Poynter's 2019 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media


The Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media is a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train journalists of color working in digital media to thrive, professionally and personally.

This seminar is honest about the challenges for journalists of color in management roles. It also provides the connections, confidence and skills to confront them. In a survey following up with participants from the 2018 academy, alumni report:

  • 100% apply something they learned at least once a week
  • 91% tap into their cohort for ideas and support
  • 75% are better at giving feedback to their direct reports

Carla Broyles, senior editor for recruitment and training at The Post, and Sharif Durhams, CNN Digital Editor, will lead Poynter’s 2019 program.

Accepted applicants will have direct access to top media executives, receive practical advice on career planning and gain a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully lead today’s digital news organizations.

Selected applicants attend tuition-free thanks to generous support from the TEGNA Foundation and WordPress.

All journalists of color working in the digital space with leadership responsibilities or demonstrated leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

Ernest Owens, award-winning journalists, writer-at-large for Philadelphia magazine and CEO of Ernest Media Empire - and a participant in the 2018 academy - recounts his experience in this article.

Applications for the 2019 Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media close on June 14th.

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