Poynter Names Three Acclaimed Journalists, Industry Experts as Adjunct Faculty for 2016

Award-winners Danielle Ivory of The New York Times and Mizell Stewart III of Journal Media Group join audience engagement authority Joy Mayer in teaching at Poynter

Mar 08, 2016, 15:17 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three noted journalism leaders will bring their industry expertise to The Poynter Institute as adjunct faculty: Danielle Ivory, an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times; Joy Mayer, an engagement strategist who spent the last 12 years as an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; and Mizell Stewart III, managing director and chief content officer for Journal Media Group.

"By having journalists at the top of their game work with Poynter, we are able to provide cutting-edge training for the journalists who come to us directly and our many partners who rely on us to train their staffs year after year," said Kelly McBride, Poynter's vice president for academic programs.

Ivory is a database reporting specialist, currently covering the intersection of business and government for The New York Times. She previously was a reporter for Bloomberg News, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and a senior fellow at Bill Moyers Journal. Her awards include the 2014 Roy W. Howard Award for Public Service Reporting from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the 2014 Society of Business Editors and Writers award for investigative reporting and the 2015 Deadline Club award for business investigative reporting as part of a team that covered General Motors' ignition switch crisis and government inattention to auto defects. She also was a finalist for a 2015 Gerald Loeb Award and Livingston Award. She will teach in Poynter's reporting and data programs.

"I am thrilled to be joining such an incredible roster of journalists and teachers at Poynter," Ivory said. "Vast amounts of information are right at our fingertips today—sometimes sitting online in a government database, sometimes just a public records request away. Having the tools to unlock the stories hidden in data is invaluable for a reporter, whether you're on a daily beat or slow-cooking an investigation. I'm looking forward to working with journalists around the country—and the world—in sharing what I've learned along the way about this form of storytelling."

Mayer's teaching will focus on audience research and engagement—topics in great demand by Poynter's media partners. Her work centers on the continually evolving notion of audience engagement in journalism: how communicators can foster two-way conversations, collaborate with their communities, and know who they're serving and how well they're doing it. She is a consulting fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and an adjunct faculty member at the Missouri School of Journalism. Until recently, she had spent 12 years as an associate professor at MU, where she created an engagement curriculum and a community outreach team in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian and also taught web design and print design. 

"So many journalists are eager to keep growing and evolving, and that sense of optimism is really felt at Poynter," Mayer said. "Over the years, the lessons I've learned and connections I've made there have helped shape my career. I'm excited to be part of the team, helping journalists ask important questions about their audiences and communities."

Stewart brings the experience of serving as a news executive during a time of industry upheaval to his teaching in Poynter leadership seminars and articles for Poynter's industry-leading news and information website, poynter.org. Stewart is managing director and chief content officer of Journal Media Group, formed in 2015 with the merger of the newspaper assets of Journal Communications and the E.W. Scripps Company. He leads news content strategy and journalistic excellence with a team of more than 700 journalists in 14 communities throughout the United States, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, the Naples Daily News and the Ventura County Star. A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Stewart helped lead the team at The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi that won the 2006 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He is currently vice president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation's largest organization of news industry leaders. He is slated to become president at ASNE's September 2016 convention.

"I've personally benefited from Poynter leadership programs for many years," Stewart said. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to pay it forward for the benefit of a new generation of newsroom leaders."

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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