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.