As the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies offers learning opportunities to individuals and organizations that want to strengthen their skills, grow their careers and explore journalism.

To meet your organization’s specific needs, Poynter offers both virtual and in-person teaching programs that assess challenges, identify opportunities and create flexible plans that help your team grow and succeed. We work with you to create custom programs that are tailored to your organization, with a specific emphasis on providing skill-building opportunities in the following areas:

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Fact-checking and media literacy
  • Reporting, writing, editing and producing
  • Leadership and management
  • Resources for universities and student journalists
  • Mental health and well-being

How We Teach

Poynter offers workshops, programs, keynotes and consulting services virtually and in-person at your location or at Poynter’s headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla. We partner with your organization to help you select the right service for your unique needs and pair you with an instructor who can provide the insight and content you need to directly address those needs. Designed to encourage interactive and dynamic discussions that result in clear actions that organizations can take to transform their work, Poynter teaching will help you and your team improve your skills and reach your goals.

Who We Teach

Within the past year, Poynter has provided more than 55,000 journalists, media and communications professionals, students and educators around the world with personalized coaching, hands-on seminars and interactive online courses that sharpen skills, elevate careers and ignite imaginations. Poynter’s award-winning faculty and staff are experts who teach journalists across all mediums — TV, print, digital, radio, audio, newsletters, etc. We also provide support to communications and marketing teams, start-ups, nonprofits, government agencies and other types of organizations.

“I was lucky enough to attend trainings at Poynter several times earlier in my career. Continuing to build our skillsets is incredibly important, but also being able to connect with others in the industry who are equally passionate about the work we do and are trying to continue to get better.” – Marisa Kwiatkowski, award-winning USA Today Investigative Reporter

If you are interested in learning more about Poynter’s programs or would like to discuss creating a program for a topic that is not listed here, please reach out to us at