The Poynter Institute Names First Poynter McCormick Change Leadership Fellows

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The Poynter Institute launches an innovative leadership program aimed at managing change. Twelve print and online newsroom managers are named Poynter McCormick Change Leadership Fellows.

They are forward-thinking leaders who have already launched successful projects or changed processes in their newsrooms while earning the respect of their colleagues. This program builds on their strong base of credibility and helps them teach others about the intersection of leadership and change.

The Poynter Institute, a school for professional journalists and media leaders, has selected the participants for a new fellowship program, the focus of which is innovation and change management in today's challenged newsrooms.

With a grant from the McCormick Foundation, Poynter named 12 respected print and online newsroom managers as Poynter McCormick Change Leadership Fellows. While the fellows will continue to work in their respective newsrooms, Poynter will provide them specialized training in leadership, change management and teaching adult learners. Afterward, the fellows will be called upon to teach in workshops, seminars and Webinars for Poynter and other journalism organizations.

In selecting the fellows, The Poynter Institute assembled a high-performing team that reflects diversity in geography, newsroom size, management responsibilities, innovations, age, gender and ethnicity.

The 12 fellows are:

  •     Eileen Brown - Director of innovation, Daily Herald/Paddock Publications, Arlington Heights, Ill.
  •     Mark Cardwell - Managing editor, digital media, The Denver Post, Denver, Colo.
  •     Lisa Carricaburu - Assistant managing editor, the Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah
  •     Rodrigo F. Cervantes - Editor, Mundo Hispánico, Atlanta, Ga.
  •     Mae Cheng - Executive editor, amNewYork, New York, N.Y.
  •     Jane Elizabeth - Director of online news, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.
  •     Emilio Garcia-Ruiz - Sports editor, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
  •     Lisa Glowinski - Editor of the Rockford Register Star's "GO" features section, Rockford, Ill.
  •     Damon Kiesow - Managing editor, online, The Telegraph, Nashua, N.H.
  •     Will Pry -- Editor of The Dallas Morning News' "Briefing" publication, Dallas, Texas
  •     Yvette Walker - Director of presentation and custom publishing, Oklahoma Publishing Co., Oklahoma City, Okla.
  •     Jennifer Ward - Assistant managing editor/interactive, The Fresno Bee, Fresno, Calif.

"These fellows represent journalism's future," said Jill Geisler, who heads Poynter's Leadership and Management Group. "They are forward-thinking leaders who have already launched successful projects or changed processes in their newsrooms while earning the respect of their colleagues. This program builds on their strong base of credibility and helps them teach others about the intersection of leadership and change."

The Poynter McCormick Change Leadership Fellows will spend a week at Poynter in March for a skill-building seminar led by Geisler and Poynter's Butch Ward, along with other Poynter faculty. Poynter has selected three visiting faculty members, all of whom are distinguished newsroom leaders and innovators, to serve as coaches and mentors for the program. They are:

  •     Ju-Don Roberts - Managing editor, washingtonpost.com, Washington, D.C.
  •     Richard Curtis - Managing editor/design (retired), USA Today, Fairfax Station, Va.
  •     Lisa Warren -Editor, JournalNews & Middletown Journal, Butler County, Ohio

In connection with the fellowship program, Poynter will host a Best Practices Conference, July 12-15 at the Institute, highlighting innovative efforts in news organizations. Poynter will also offer three related News University Webinars in 2009. The fellows will teach in these and other journalism programs, sharing ideas that are designed to help other organizations innovate and improve the news and information they deliver to their communities.

About The Poynter Institute
Founded in 1975 in St. Petersburg, Fla., The Poynter Institute (http://www.poynter.org) is one of the nation's top schools for professional journalists, future journalists and journalism teachers. Poynter offers training throughout the year in the areas of online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism. Poynter's News University (http://www.newsu.org) offers newsroom training to journalists and journalism students through interactive e-learning modules and links to other journalism education and training opportunities.

About the McCormick Foundation
For more than 50 years, the McCormick Foundation (http://mccormickfoundation.org) has served the needs of our children, communities and country. As one of the nation's largest public charities, McCormick has granted more than $1 billion to organizations in local communities across the country. The McCormick Foundation's Journalism Program is committed to nonprofits that support leadership in news organizations, develop future journalists and strengthen the quality of journalism.

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