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The Reuters Institute offers a range of professional leadership programmes as part of the Oxford Perspectives series. These are designed to give senior managers, journalists and editors insights into the latest research, new thinking, trends and best practice in organisational transformation. The programmes are delivered in small groups with fellow media practitioners and offer plenty of networking opportunities.

Leading Newsroom Change

Leading Newsroom Change is a two-day leadership development course for senior media professionals, with discussions and presentations led by industry experts specialising in business models, organisational transformation, audience development, and the latest approaches to storytelling, such as virtual reality and 360° videos.

The course aims to apply the latest media research to the newsroom, replacing buzzwords and groupthink with relevant evidence-based input on current challenges and opportunities faced by news organisations, including:

  • Key digital transformation considerations for news media
  • Innovations in audience engagement
  • Cultural change in news organisations
  • Artificial intelligence in the newsroom
  • The misinformation debate
  • How audiences access news online

Reuters Institute directors, associates and experienced practitioners will lead discussions on the most recent media research, tools and innovations, and how they can be applied in the newsroom. Guest speakers have included Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist and Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian.  

The course is designed to enable participants to develop strategies for their own organisations, to share experiences and expand their professional networks, inspired by the international yet intimate Oxford environment.

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“It was very informative of the experience we are going through and I will take away lessons on how other publishers are dealing with it.”
Keith Poole, Head of Digital, The Sun, London.

“Lucy Kueng – so insightful. Alan Rusbridger – brilliant thoughts. Rasmus Nielsen – very helpful to understand the problem.”
Bastian Obermayer, Head of Investigative Team, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich.

“I love the interaction aspect. It makes it easier to discuss when the situation is non-competitive. This was a very supportive and accomplished group all of whom had value to add. Keep the quality high!”
Jo Morrell, Managing Editor, The Telegraph, London.

“It was a great inspiration and gave me new arguments for discussion.”
Adrian Zaugg, Head of Corporate Strategy at Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.

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Cost: £2,500 per participant. This includes two evening dinners in 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

Future Leaders in News

Whether you have recently assumed a news leadership role, aspire to hold one, or you are a journalist or media manager resuming a leadership role, our Future Leaders in News course aims to help you:

  • Gain insights about your audiences - and act on them
  • Develop your knowledge of project and people management
  • Discover techniques to promote innovation and change
  • Create strategies to address your management challenges
  • Build your network
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"Very revealing and a sense of realisation we are still needing to do things differently to attract a younger audience – audiences of the future."
Jat Dhillon, Senior Journalist -  Languages, BBC

"I feel more equipped to engage in discussions about the editorial line at my newsdesk."
Nanna Cecilia Pedersen, Assistant News Editor, Ekstra Bladet

"I liked the open trustful atmosphere and the time for networking."
Simone Schmauser, Editorial Manager, Bayerischer Rundfunk

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Cost: £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: Send a brief bio to 

Other programmes

Each year we host several invitation-only events for senior executives and editors. These include:

  • Editor-in-Chief and CEO Forum
  • Public Service News Forum
  • News Innovation Day