Kayleigh Skinner

Mississippi Today managing editor Kayleigh Skinner will join 30 newsroom leaders for the Poynter Institute’s seventh annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media.

The program, hosted online, is designed for women and nonbinary journalists who directly manage people to learn to manage teams more effectively, develop and communicate their strategic vision, and steer their organizations toward greater success.

“We are thrilled to welcome our final cohort of women leaders this year,” said Doris Truong, director of training and diversity at Poynter. “Every cohort inspires because we see the members’ ongoing commitment and passion for journalism. These are also leaders who are dedicated to self-improvement that will have a ripple effect with their staff as they work toward more diverse and inclusive news products.”

Those chosen for Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media passed through multiple rounds of review with an emphasis to ensure diversity across race, ethnicity, geography, age, platform/medium, organization size and expertise. Reviewers included Poynter staff and faculty, as well as a volunteer committee of program graduates. 

Skinner joined the Mississippi Today staff in January 2017 as an education reporter and has advanced to a senior staff member in her four years with the organization. She served as deputy managing editor before assuming the role of managing editor in July 2020. She works alongside editor-in-chief Adam Ganucheau to manage the newsroom’s daily and enterprise reporting and craft broader editorial strategy. She is a member of Mississippi Today’s management team, where she plays a key role in organizational development and long-term vision for newsroom growth.

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st-century public discourse.


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