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Poynter and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Announce 2017 Academy for Diversity in Digital Media


The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists () will once again offer a transformative, tuition-free leadership program to train the best and brightest journalists of color working in .

Applications are now open for the 2017 Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. The academy, offered to 25 participants, will take place Dec. 3-8, 2017, at the Poynter campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tuition is free, thanks to the generous support of the program’s naming sponsor, TEGNA Foundation, with additional funding from The New York Times. To learn more and apply, go to http://poy.nu/digitalmedia17.

Featuring prominent leaders in the startup, tech and media fields, faculty will be led by Mizell Stewart III, vice president of news operations for the USA TODAY Network, and Ju-Don Marshall, a digital media strategist and chief content , WFAE-FM, the NPR station in Charlotte, N.C. They will be joined by nabj President Sarah Glover, social media editor for NBC Owned Television Stations; Rashida Jones, Senior Vice President of Specials for NBC News; Russ Torres, vice president, digital video content and strategy, USA TODAY Network; Benét Wilson, founder and editor-in-chief, Aviation Queen LLC; Tim Wong, senior director, UX and design, USA TODAY Network; and Amanda Zamora; chief audience officer, Texas Tribune.

This intensive, tuition-free program will address the unique issues journalists of color face on the path to leadership in digital journalism and technology organizations. It combines the efforts of the global leader in journalism education, The Poynter Institute, and the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, NABJ, to promote diversity in newsrooms and create cutting-edge opportunities for career development.

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