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Hello. My name is Priscille Biehlmann and I am the Programme Producer for Leadership Development at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. I would like to welcome you to the RISJ x Reuters online leadership development course. I'm looking forward to meeting you tomorrow!

The purpose of the course. The course is aimed at giving a selected group of Reuters managers the skills you need to effectively motivate and engage your teams and manage performance and career development. We’ll be talking about navigating the shift to hybrid and flexible working, wellbeing and mental health for you and your team, hosting inclusive meetings and facilitation skills, coaching and mentoring, leading through change, and more.

Why this email? Think of this email as an executive brief of the course you are about to take. Reading it will take you 5 minutes. It includes the names of the colleagues you'll meet, a brief summary of the programme, and details on how to join. Let's get started.


Megan Davies, bio to follow

Stephen Eisenhammer, Bureau Chief, Mexico and Central America

Alexia Garamfalvi, bio to follow

Caroline Humer, bio to follow

Corinne Perkins, North America Editor, Reuters Pictures

Janet Roberts, Global Data Journalism Editor

Greg Roumeliotis, bio to follow

Caroline Stauffer, Chicago News Editor

Denny Thomas, Deputy Bureau Chief, Canada



Leading through change

Tuesday 07 June

We'll kick off the course at 16:00 BST with a brief welcome and a round of introductions. 

Our first speaker will be our Head of Leadership Development, Federica Cherubini, who will
present our 2021 Changing Newsrooms Report

At 17:30 BST we'll have an interactive session with Alix Dunnthe founder of Computer Says Maybe, a firm building the facilitation capability of remote teams around the world. With her we'll talk about the importance of facilitation as a leadership skill and how we can build a healthy and efficient meeting culture. If you're curious, you might want to take this test before her session. 

We'll wrap up the day with a group discussions sharing success stories and challenges from the last year. Please come prepared to share one example of a challenge you've been facing in the past year when it comes to managing your team and one example of something that has been working well.

The day will end at 19:30 BST.

Wednesday 08 June

On Wednesday, we'll regroup at 16:00 BST to share our thoughts on the previous day's sessions.

At 16:15 BST we'll have an interactive session with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Mar Cabra and leadership coach Kim Brice, who will talk about team wellbeing and mental health and why it's as important as your work.

Then at 17:45 BST Federica will lead a Q&A on leading with empathy while navigating change with P. Kim Bui, the Director of Product and Audience Innovation at the Arizona Republic 

We'll wrap up with a last group discussion in which we'll revisit the challenges you presented on Tuesday and share some practical takeaways from the course.

The course will be over at 19:30 BST.
Download the full programme


Join via Zoom

You should have received a calendar invite via email, which should sync with your timezone. 

We use the platform Zoom and I've included in the programme (link above) instructions on how to download it, if you're new to it. 

Zoom Meeting Day 1:

Meeting ID: 870 4430 0250
Passcode: 970906


Zoom Meeting Day 2:

Meeting ID: 898 3431 3168
Passcode: 619897

Please don't share this link with anyone. 


Don't hesitate to write me if you have any questions - and looking forward to seeing you all online next week!

All the best,
Priscille Biehlmann

Programme Producer for Leadership Development
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