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Reporting in the Age of Social Justice

September 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Reporting in the Age of Social Justice: Essential tools for journalists working through a time of unprecedented change

In this six-week online course, early- and mid-career journalists will learn perennial reporting and storytelling tools to elevate their coverage and probe the evolving ethics of today’s critical social justice issues.

CNN contributor and National Geographic explorer John D. Sutter 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 of 2020, including: 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 these experienced reporters during weekly 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 movements safely, ethically and poignantly.


Participants will convene for live video sessions each Thursday between Sept. 10 and Oct. 15 from 2-4 p.m. Eastern. Each session will focus on building skills related to reporting during a time of unprecedented change and feature guest instructors and interactive Q&As. Participants will also receive a 45-minute individual coaching session with a guest faculty member during the program.

  • Sept. 10: Finding and pitching the big story
  • Sept. 17: Investigative reporting essentials
  • Sept. 24: Protests, rallies and pandemics
  • Oct. 1: Empathy in interviewing
  • Oct. 8: The power of observation
  • Oct. 15: Managing (and editing) yourself

Sessions will be recorded and accessible to participants afterward if they are unable to join live.



September 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am
October 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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