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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 

The programmes provide participants with confidential and constructive settings for a valuable exchange of actionable ideas and practical insights, free of internal organisational politics, with independent research input, and hosted by an institute fully committed to journalism and news.

Our open-admission courses, bespoke events and private off-the-record discussions equip the current and next generation of newsroom leaders with the skills, evidence-based research, and networks they need to navigate journalism’s ongoing transformation and build a stronger and more sustainable future for the industry.

Open admission courses
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Programme at a glance 

Leading Newsroom Change is a two-day leadership development course for senior media professionals, with discussions and presentations by industry experts specialising in organisational transformation, audience development, and business models.  

The course applies the latest, evidence-based media research to the newsroom, alongside input from industry experts on the current challenges and opportunities faced by news organisations, including: 

  • Key digital transformation considerations for news media

  • News consumption trends  

  • Innovations in audience engagement and product development 

  • Cultural change in news organisations 

  • Hybrid newsrooms and new ways of working  

  • Diversity, inclusion and representation  

  • Business sustainability  

Programme benefits

The course will enable participants to develop strategies for their own organisations, to share experiences off-the-record with colleagues from other news organisations, and to expand their professional networks. 

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 El País, The Economist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Swedish Television, the Financial Times, Quartz, Dagens Nyheter, Die Zeit, and DPG Media.  

Upcoming courses 

  • 8-10 February 2023 (in person) *Fully booked*

  • 31 May – 2 June 2023 (in person)

Please email Priscille Biehlmann if you're interested in attending a course from September 2023 onwards.

Cost and registration 
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 
Registration: For more information and to register please email Priscille Biehlmann with a short bio detailing your experience.

What previous participants say

Thank you all so much. You all brought great style, passion and personality to this course. I leave informed, but also invigorated. You’ve helped me feel confident in what we do, and clarified some choices that we must make. And, it was great fun!
Stephen Khan, Executive Editor, The Conversation global network, UK
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Programme at a glance 

Future Leaders in News is our one-day course for junior to mid-career editors and media managers. It addresses operational and management challenges, specifically around people management.  

We cover topics including team communication best practices, running hybrid and distributed teams, wellbeing and mental health, hosting inclusive meetings and facilitation skills, strategic prioritisation, and mentoring and nurturing a team.  

We also present and discuss some of our audience-facing research, including trends in audience behaviour from the Digital News Report and understanding what trust in news means for audiences.  

Programme benefits 

This course will help you to: 

  • Gain insights on audience consumption trends and behaviours 

  • Develop your people management skills, both in terms of managing direct reports and managing up 

  • Discover techniques to navigate change and promote innovation 

  • Create strategies to address your management challenges 

  • Build your network 

Who is the course for? 

The course is for editors and newsroom leaders with 5-7 years of management experience who want to gain better people management skills and develop strategies for change. 

Previous participants have come from organisations including The Times and Sunday Times, Radio Ambulante, BBC, gal-dem, Sifted, De Morgen (DPG Media), The New Humanitarian, Dagens Nyheter, and Die Zeit.  

Upcoming courses 

  • 23-24 March 2023 (in person) *Fully booked*

  • 11-12 May 2023 (in person)

Please email Priscille Biehlmann if you're interested in attending a course from September 2023 onwards.

We also hold online courses. If you’re interested in attending an online course, please email Priscille Biehlmann

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 the course please complete this form.

What previous participants say 

It has been so useful to take a step back and have time to think about how my team works and how I can better manage them.
George Lindsay-Watson, Deputy Engagement and Innovation Editor, The Times and Sunday Times, UK
The program motivates me to reflect on the future of our organisation and my own role in it. We are too focussed on the short term, we sometimes lack a vision.
Peter Koop, Deputy Chief Editor, Algemeen Dagblad, The Netherlands
Other programmes
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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 

  • Leading Climate Focused Newsrooms 

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We offer 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.

Email Federica Cherubini for more information.

What previous participants say 

We have been collaborating with Reuters Institute for a long time, with different kinds of programs and seminars. This year, we have added a tailor-made, digital two-day seminar for our editors/middle managers regarding media trends, diversity and changing newsrooms. It was very valuable and highly appreciated by the group - and has led to important discussions and developments internally
Martin Jönsson, Head of Editorial Development, Dagens Nyheter, Sweden
A rare opportunity to custom-design a course for our newsroom leaders with RISJ. Insightful guest speakers and challenging topics sparked further work that continues today.
Styli Charalambous, CEO and co-founder, Daily Maverick

Previous speakers

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