Manager Fundamentals Certificate

If you haven’t led a team before — or haven’t done so for very long — it can be daunting. Folks are looking to you for direction, feedback, assurance, critique. Use these courses to ground yourself in the skills you’ll need to make yourself and everyone around you better.

  • PowerPoint 01 – Storytelling with PowerPoint

    PowerPoint 01 – Storytelling with PowerPoint

    Learn how to create a slide deck from a template and add basic content, speaker notes and launch your slideshow. Learn PowerPoint uses and tour the interface.

  • Management fundamentals: Prioritizing and delegating

    Management fundamentals: Prioritizing and delegating

    Illinois state editor Romando Dixson shares how he sets priorities, delegates tasks and projects and delivers results.

  • Project-manage like a pro

    Project-manage like a pro

    Here’s how to deliver on a big project with many moving people and parts. Ten tips in 60 minutes that will help you simplify and win.

  • Management is a marathon

    Practical advice for new managers (and potential new managers) on overcoming obstacles, working effectively in a hybrid newsroom, pacing yourself and, always, moving forward, even when you hit that wall at Mile 20.

  • Listening effectively: Lessons from an extreme extrovert

    Hear from Louisville editor Mary Irby-Jones on how she learned to stop talking so she could hear other people.

  • Five keys to better virtual leadership

    We explore how journalists around the company are learning to listen more, communicate better, celebrate good work, constructively identify areas for improvement and reconnect in ways that return some of the joy and fulfillment we’ve been missing.

  • How things work in the Network

    We cover how our matrixed organization works — locally, regionally and nationally. You’ll learn how to tap into all the right people to get the job done right.

  • Situations managers deal with

    We cover difficult conversations, disciplinary matters and what to do when the unexpected happens.

  • Mechanics of good management

    We cover performance management, managing virtually and the career life cycle, including the art of recruiting, retention and hiring — with a focus on DEI.

  • What good bosses do

    Connecting mission, purpose and values with everyday work and Motivation: Celebrating your people; elements of good communication, feedback.

  • Managing online harassment: What to know to ensure your digital and psychological safety

    This session provides reporters, editors, managers and other news staff with practical digital security steps and psychological precautions to take before, during, and after online harassment and attacks.

  • Five case studies that illuminate our ethics and social media policies

    Being proactive and communicating our standards clearly helps, but sometimes we slip up. Here’s a primer on what to watch out for, and how to steer clear of trouble.