ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Poynter Institute is now accepting applications for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, a transformative program that provides women the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the highest levels of media leadership. For the first time, the program is open to international applicants.
The third annual Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, offered to 28 participants, will take place March 19-24, 2017, at Poynter's campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tuition is free, thanks to the generous support of the McClatchy Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google and Facebook.
Led by prominent leaders in the startup, tech, media and academic fields, faculty will include Melissa Bell, publisher, Vox Media; Michelle Ferrier, founder of TrollBusters.com and an associate professor at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University; Raju Narisetti, CEO, Gizmodo Media Group; and Vivian Schiller, an independent adviser and consultant, formerly head of news at Twitter. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, Poynter's digital innovation faculty member, will direct the program, which will include Poynter's Vice President of Academic Programs Kelly McBride and Senior Leadership Faculty Butch Ward.
"We have been overwhelmed by the response to our previous leadership academies, so we are delighted we can address this critical need for training for a third year," said Poynter President Tim Franklin. "As we have seen with the demand for all our leadership initiatives, including the Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, the next generation of media leaders turns to us for essential skills to succeed."
The 2017 program will focus on critical leadership skills needed to rise and succeed in organizations. Sessions will cover how to develop effective management styles, grow business savvy, navigate newsroom and digital culture, master negotiation tactics, build collaborative teams and coach critical thinking.
"Women are underrepresented at the highest ranks of the journalism industry, but it's encouraging to know that this academy helps address that problem," Hawkins-Gaar said. "There's nothing more exciting than watching past graduates take on greater job responsibilities and career opportunities. I already can't wait to see what the 2017 class accomplishes."
Poynter's Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media was borne out of a two-year partnership with the Online News Association, which is offering its Women's Leadership Accelerator in February 2017. The end of the partnership ensures that twice the training is available for women, allowing both organizations to help meet demand. Applicants with questions about the two programs can refer to Poynter's FAQ.
Poynter values diversity and will convene a group that represents need and diversity across ethnicity, geography, technology platforms, organization size and skill sets. Because of the small size of the class, the selection committee will give preference to women leaders currently working in digital media who can demonstrate an aptitude and potential for leadership through current job title, project leadership and references. Please note that international applicants must have, at a minimum, a working knowledge of English. Translation services will not be provided.
Participants will cover their own travel costs. However, a limited number of travel stipends will be available and will be determined once the application process is completed.
The application deadline for the 2017 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media is 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Application information is available at http://poy.nu/wlacad17.
About The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world's largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute's website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world's top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.
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