Poynter Institute Beat Academy

Get the latest knowledge needed to cover critical topics of deep importance to your community.

OAB Covering Admissions to Poynter's Beat Academy for Journalists!

The Poynter Institute’s Beat Academy delivers the latest knowledge that journalists need to cover critical topics of deep importance to their communities. Through engaging webinars that feature the nation’s leading journalists, experts and thinkers, this webinar series equips journalists with beat expertise, data know-how and excellent local and national sources.

The OAB is covering the $75 Beat Academy enrollment fee for a limited number of news staff at OAB member stations. Enrollment includes all webinars and access to recordings. Registration is required

After the OAB submits your registration to Poynter, you will receive an auto-generated email invitation from Poynter to join the Beat Academy. Please contact the OAB’s Mariah West if you have questions or need additional information.

Beat Academy 2024 Schedule

If you are unable to attend every session, recordings will be made available.

  • Feb. 1, 15 – Extremist Politics: Reporting on powerful undercurrents in the 2024 elections
  • Feb. 29 – Auditing ARPA and IRA: How to report on Biden’s promise to communities
  • March 14 – Immigration in Focus: How domestic labor demand and politically driven immigrant busing expose flaws in the system (El Paso workshop June 5-7)
  • March 28 – Economic Realities: Understanding your local economy and telling compelling stories centered on people and families. (writing session June 13)
  • April 18, May 2 – Transgender Coverage: Avoiding rhetoric to deliver meaningful journalism
  • May 30, Sept. 26 – New Healthcare Dynamics: What medical AI and the lack of long-term care choices mean for your communities
  • July 11 – Vote Watch 2024: What’s on the line for your state’s voting system?
  • Sept. 12 – Climate Change: Finding the angle in any beat

Learn more about individual sessions here. But be sure to register through the OAB here to receive your complementary enrollment.