In the ever-transforming media landscape, editors, news managers, and media executives have had to adapt to changes in audience behaviour, business, and technology - all while covering the news and simultaneously reckoning with issues like diversity, inclusion, and change fatigue. Our Leadership Development programmes ensure that news media leaders face challenges and opportunities from a position of strength.
We host three types of courses:
- Open-admission courses: open to applicants from around the world with relevant newsroom management experience
- Bespoke courses: designed in partnership with and for specific organisations
- Invite-only forums: for a select group of senior executives and editors
All our programmes offer participants a confidential and constructive setting to exchange actionable ideas and practical insights with colleagues and leadership experts from news organisations around the world. We also present some of the key findings of our in-house research team, who conducts independent, internationally comparative, evidence-based research on digital news consumption and other most significant issues facing journalists and media organisations in a rapidly developing industry.
Leading Newsroom Change is our two-day course for senior media professionals focused on organisational and strategic challenges faced by news organisations.
The course focuses on discussions and presentations by industry experts specialising in organisational transformation, audience development, and business models. It’s an opportunity for participants to step back from day-to-day operations, share experiences off-the-record with colleagues from other news organisations, expand their professional networks, and develop strategies for their own organisations.
We cover topics including:
Key digital transformation considerations for news media
Digital news consumption trends, including our Digital News Report
Innovations in audience engagement and product development
Culture change in news organisations
Hybrid newsrooms and new ways of working
Diversity, inclusion and representation
Participants benefit from the input and expertise of their fellow attendees through structured group discussions and interactive sessions. The collaborative and interactive nature of the programme helps participants build a network of peers they can turn to for advice long after the course ends.
Who is the course for?
The course is for editors and senior managers with 10+ years of newsroom management experience interested in developing strategies for how to lead their teams through change.
Previous participants have come from organisations including AFP, the BBC, El Pais, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mediahuis, the Financial Times, Rest of World, Dagens Nyheter, DPG Media, The Straits Times, Politiken, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and many others.
8-10 November 2023
14-16 February 2024
29-31 May 2024
3-5 July 2024
Cost and registration
In-person course: £2,500 per participant. This includes two evening dinners at Oxford University colleges and two lunches. Accommodation and travel are not included.
Location: The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PS
Registration: For more information and to register please email Priscille Biehlmann with a short bio detailing your experience.
What previous participants say
Programme at a glance
Essentials Skills for Newsroom Managers is our two-day course on the fundamentals of newsroom leadership, with a specific focus on people management.
This course will help participants to develop their people management skills, both in terms of managing direct reports and managing up, create strategies to navigate change and promote effective communication within their teams, and build their professional network.
Participants will learn practical insights on:
The market forces shaping the news industry and how this affects newsroom operations
Fostering healthy team dynamics and wellbeing
Having difficult conversations and providing effective feedback
How to effectively push for change within your organisation
Defining your leadership style
Participants also benefit from the input and expertise of their fellow attendees through structured group discussions and interactive sessions. The collaborative and interactive nature of the programme helps participants build a network of peers they can turn to for advice long after the course ends.
Who is the course for?
New and junior newsroom leaders who are looking to develop their management skills
Aspiring leaders about to step into a role where they will manage a team
Established leaders who want to refresh and solidify their approaches to team management
Previous participants have come from organisations including AFP, Mediahuis, The Financial Times, ZEIT Online, DPG, Radio Slovenija, OCCRP, and many others.
26-27 October 2023 (sold out)
7-8 March 2024
16-17 May 2024
Cost and registration
In-person course: £995 including lunch and a dinner at an Oxford University college (travel and accommodation not included)
Location: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6PS
Registration: To apply for our Essential Skills for Newsroom Managers course please complete this form
What previous participants say
We also create private bespoke leadership programmes for small, mid-size and global news organisations, for different stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
We work with you to design, deliver and evaluate an executive education programme according to your organisation’s needs and strategic priorities.
Previous organisations we worked with include the BBC, Dagens Nyheter, RFE/RL, the Daily Maverick, and Reuters News Agency.
Email Federica Cherubini for more information.
What previous participants say
Federica is Director of Leadership Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. She hosts our open-admission programs and invitation-only forums in Oxford and is leading on expanding our leadership development activities, working closely with the rest of the senior management team to ensure our offers are on mission, deliver value for the growing number of participants, and are financially sustainable for the institute.
Federica is an expert in newsroom operations and organisational change, with ten years experience spanning major publishers, research institutes and editorial networks around the world.
Rasmus is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford. He was previously Director of Research at the Reuters Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics.
His work focuses on changes in the news media, on political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond.
Recent books include The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy (2010, edited with David Levy), Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns (2012), and Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective (2014, edited with Raymond Kuhn).
In 2014, he won the Doris Graber Award for best book on political communication published in the last ten years, awarded by the American Political Science Association, for Ground Wars. He is also recipient of the 2014 Tietgen Prize for his work on current changes in the news media.
Nic is a journalist and digital strategist who played a key role in shaping the BBC's internet services over more than a decade.
He was a founding member of the BBC News Website, leading international coverage as World Editor (1997-2001). As Head of Product Development for BBC News he helped introduce innovations such as blogs, podcasting and on-demand video. Most recently he led digital teams, developing websites, mobile and interactive TV applications for News, Sport, Weather and Local.
He has played an important part in the development of social media strategies and guidelines for the wider BBC. Nic was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He is married with three children and lives in London.
Lucy is an expert on strategy, innovation and leadership and focuses on successful responses to the challenges of digitalization. She is Senior Visiting Research Associate at the Reuters Institute, Oxford University and Non-Executive Board Member of the NZZ Media Group and formerly of Swiss PSM broadcaster SRG and VIZRT, the media tech provider. Lucy advises leading companies worldwide industry on digital transformation strategy and implementation. She has held professorships at the University of Oslo, the Institute for Media and Entertainment New York (IESE) and the University of Jönköping. She keynotes frequently at international conferences and is the author of numerous books including Hearts and Minds: Harnessing Leadership, Culture and Talent to Really Go Digital, Going Digital, Innovators in Digital News, Strategic Management in the Media, and Inside the BBC and CNN. She holds a PhD and Habilitation from the University of St Gallen and an MBA from City Business School/Ashridge. In 2020 she received an Honorary PhD in Media Economics from the University of Neuchatel, and in 2017 she was awarded the European Media Management Award for Excellent in Media Management Scholarship and Practice.
Alix is the founder of Computer Says Maybe, a firm building the facilitation capability of remote teams around the world. She has extensive experience facilitating diverse groups to tackle complex data and technology challenges, and to advance a shared understanding of how technology can and should shape our world. She founded and directed The Engine Room, a global non-profit that supports social sector organisations to make the most of technology and data. She sits on the advisory board of Foxglove and she is a trustee of the Ada Lovelace Institute for AI & Society.
Maya has been working in the international human rights and technology space for over 10 years. She facilitates retreats, conferences and workshops all over the world with social justice organisations, foundations, and technology companies centred on well-being, digital safety and technology strategy.
Ramaa is an award-winning Digital Editor, Consultant and Executive Coach. Until recently she was the Senior Digital Editor in BBC News. In her 17-year career at the BBC, Ramaa spent her first decade presenting and reporting across multiple platforms, - before moving into Digital consultancy and editing for the World Service. At the World Service, Ramaa pioneered the first ever digital leadership and social media courses for editors and executives on the World Service Board. She then went on to be the BBC's first Digital Editor in India where she doubled traffic to the BBC Hindi website and increased social media referral traffic by 200 percent. After coming back to London, Ramaa's team won a Gracie award for the digital/social media campaign for the BBC's 100 women project. In 2016, Ramaa was promoted to Head of Digital Pilots in BBC News, where she designed and delivered a ‘hearts-and-minds’ strategy for digital transformation - working with 14 high profile teams. In her last year at the BBC, Ramaa worked directly with the BBC's News Board to help build a more diverse and inclusive newsroom. Ramaa now works to support boards, coaches executives as well as presents documentaries on systemic inequalities.
Mar is co-founder of The Self-Investigation. She is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, digital wellness educator and Acumen fellow working on raising awareness on how technology is changing the way we interact with ourselves, each other and as a society. She writes a column in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial on this topic. She’s committed to creating a healthier working culture in journalism to prevent others from burning out like she did after leading the technology and data work for the Panama Papers investigation.
Kim is co-founder of The Self-Investigation. She provides personal leadership coaching and mindfulness-based stress reduction and resilience training to a broad public, including journalists and change makers from around the world. Prior to starting her personal development work, she served as a global freedom of expression activist and later as a founder and then organizational advisor to many media, journalism and social justice support programs around the world. She believes creating a more balanced, compassionate and sustainable world starts with nurturing those qualities in ourselves.
Jeremy is a media adviser with more than 30 years experience of the industry. He specialises in helping to build leadership teams and encourage managers to work collaboratively, creating team spirit and ways to share best practice. He is a former Editor-in-Chief for one of the biggest regional publishing companies in the UK, and was the Editor-in-Chief of the i newspaper, helping to build a new editorial team from scratch, following its acquistion by JPIMedia. Jeremy is the founding director of Chrysalis, a leadership and transformation consultancy.
Photos from previous sessions
- Changing Newsrooms 2022: media leaders embrace hybrid work despite challenges
- Hearts and Minds: Harnessing Leadership, Culture and Talent to Really Go Digital
- Race and leadership in the news media 2023: evidence from five markets
- Women and Leadership in the News Media 2023: Evidence from twelve Markets
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