The National Association of Black Journalists has entered into a partnership with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida, to support Black and other minority journalists in the field of digital media. The Poynter Institute offers journalism training at its campus in Florida as well as an extensive online curriculum offering more than 400 courses in seven languages.
The institute will now offer the inaugural Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Journalism this coming November at the St. Petersburg campus. The tuition-free program for minority journalists will include instruction on navigating newsroom culture, leadership, networking, mentoring, and the business of digital journalism. The National Association of Black Journalists will work with the institute to develop the curriculum.
Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute, said that “as digital news operations continue to grow in size and importance, it’s vital that we provide minority journalists with the leadership tools that they need. This academy will help do that. More diverse leadership ultimately means more diverse staffs, content and audiences.”