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Poynter, NABJ Partner for Free Leadership Academy

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

Applications are now being accepted for this fall’s Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with The Poynter Institute for a second year so we can expand the pool of minority leaders in the digital journalism space,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “With the exponential growth of technologies and digital strategies, we value the training that will put these leaders at the front edge of the future of journalism.”

The academy, offered to 25 participants, will take place Dec. 3-8 at the Poynter campus, tuition-free via the support of the TEGNA Foundation, with additional funding from The New York Times.

The program will be led by media mavens of color such as Mizell Stewart III, vice president of news operations for the USA Today Network, and Ju-Don Marshall, a digital media strategist and chief content officer for WFAE-FM, the NPR affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.

Glover, the social media editor for NBC Owned Television Stations, will join Rashida Jones, senior vice president of Specials for NBC News; Russ Torres, vice president of digital video content and strategy for USA Today Network; Benét Wilson, founder and editor-in-chief, Aviation Queen LLC and many others to lead the expert instruction.

This intensive, will address unique issues journalists of color face on the path to leadership in digital journalism and technology organizations.

The program aims to combine the efforts of The Poynter Institute and NABJ, the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, to promote diversity in newsrooms and create cutting-edge opportunities for career development.

“This program is designed to prepare the best young and mid-career journalists of today to lead tomorrow’s news organizations,” said Poynter Vice President Kelly McBride. “NABJ is a great partner, helping us identify the best curriculum to make the participants successful.”

The Poynter-NABJ program builds upon the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women, which said it has offered training to the best and the brightest women in digital media in the past three years.

Poynter and NABJ are seeking additional funding from media and technology companies, foundations and academic institutions to support the cause.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at E-mail: Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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