Reporting in the Age of Social Justice (June 2021)

Reporting in the Age of Social Justice (June 2021)

In this four-day digital workshop, journalists will gain skills to help them tell stories that matter to audiences and that leave a distinct mark on society. 

John D. Sutter — CNN Contributor, MIT fellow and National Geographic Explorer — returns as Poynter guest faculty to lead this workshop, bringing in prominent guest speakers who will share their field-tested tips for covering the accelerating social change in 2021. Previous instructors have included Juan Arredondo, a photojournalist whose images explore social inequality and frequently appear in The New York Times; Robert Samuels, a national political reporter at The Washington Post, who focuses on the intersection of politics, policy and people; and Erin Ailworth, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal who has increasingly made “disaster” her beat. Workshop participants will not only learn from experienced reporters during daily sessions, but also have the opportunity to receive one-on-one, personalized coaching from them.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have the skills, connections and inspiration to cover social justice issues safely, ethically and with poignancy.


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Who should apply

Reporters, writers, producers, videographers, photographers and documentary filmmakers who are excited about telling stories that deal with issues of social justice and social change.

Application process

The process to apply is straightforward and simple. No letter of recommendation or reference is required. Please be prepared to answer questions about your professional experience, areas of interest and basic demographic information.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 10, 2021. 


The regular price of this program is $450. Thanks to support from the Lumina Foundation, tuition is $150.

In order to complete your application, we require authorization of payment. Your card will not be charged until you are accepted into the program. Upon acceptance to the program you will receive an email notification and your credit card payment will be processed.

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