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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 focus on ensuring that newsroom leaders face challenges and opportunities from a position of strength. 

Our programmes

With our open-admission courses, bespoke events and private off-the record discussions we equip the current and next generations of newsroom leaders with the skills, evidence-based research, experience, and network they need to shape the future of journalism and build a better and more sustainable future for the industry. Great journalism and great news media need great leaders across editorial, business, product, and more.

Leading Newsroom Change
Future Leaders in News
Other programmes

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.

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 Polly Curtis, Managing Director of PA Media, 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.

Cost and registration

Online course: £1,500 per participant. This includes one full day + an intro session the day before. The course happens on Zoom.

In-person course: £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

Upcoming courses

None currently scheduled

Registration: For more information and to register please email federica.cherubini@politics.ox.ac.uk

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 on audience consumption trends and behaviours
  • 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

Cost and registration

Online course. £890 per participant. The duration of the course is one day, divided into one afternoon + one morning; plus a check-in call 6 to 8 weeks after the event. The course happens on Zoom.

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

Upcoming courses

  • 28-29 September


Registration: For more information and to register please email federica.cherubini@politics.ox.ac.uk

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

We also create bespoke programmes for companies. Contact federica.cherubini@politics.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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.

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 Polly Curtis, Managing Director of PA Media, 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.

Cost and registration

Online course: £1,500 per participant. This includes one full day + an intro session the day before. The course happens on Zoom.

In-person course: £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

Upcoming courses

None currently scheduled

Registration: For more information and to register please email federica.cherubini@politics.ox.ac.uk

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 on audience consumption trends and behaviours
  • 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

Cost and registration

Online course. £890 per participant. The duration of the course is one day, divided into one afternoon + one morning; plus a check-in call 6 to 8 weeks after the event. The course happens on Zoom.

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

Upcoming courses

  • 28-29 September


Registration: For more information and to register please email federica.cherubini@politics.ox.ac.uk

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

We also create bespoke programmes for companies. Contact federica.cherubini@politics.ox.ac.uk for more information.

What previous participants say

“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.