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Newsroom Leadership Course

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This eight-week course is designed to help journalists become better leaders in their newsrooms.

Upon completion of this course, you will have a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the multimedia newsroom, including the differences between managing, leading and coaching, and how to do each successfully with your own staff.


  • An understanding of journalism as a profession and what it means
  • Expectations for today’s multimedia editor
  • The difference between managing, leading and coaching, and how to do each in your newsroom
  • How to coach various personalities simultaneously
  • Best practices in recruitment, training and retention
  • Best practices in newsroom communication and conflict resolution
  • How to be more productive and better manage your time while serving as a leader in your newsroom


  • A better understanding of how to be a leader in your newsroom
  • Discussions with other newsroom leaders about common concerns and how to resolve them
  • Eight informative lectures on various aspects of newsroom leadership
  • Individual assignments to explore your personal leadership style and how to make the most of it 
  • Leadership-related readings
  • Ongoing support from the instructor and CMN staff related to newsroom leadership and networking with other newsroom leaders
  • A list of suggested further readings related to newsroom leadership and management
  • Official CMN Certificate of course completion


  • View eight informative lectures on newsroom leadership
  • Write weekly online discussion responses to questions related to newsroom leadership
  • Participate in weekly online discussions with the instructor and your classmates
  • Complete leadership-related readings
  • Learn from others currently in newsroom leadership positions


$500. A $100 deposit, which is applied to the cost of the course, is required to reserve your seat. Enrollment is limited.

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