Editorial Leadership ∙ $209

If you’re a new editor-in-chief, managing editor or section editor – or an aspiring leader who wants to learn the ropes – this workshop is for you. Get ready for your new job by delving into audience analysis, content, management, leadership, engagement and media law. You’ll also learn skills for becoming the leader you want to be and you’ll develop a network with other up-and-coming editors from around the country that you’ll be able to tap as you step into your new job.

Here are the top five reasons you should participate in the Journalism Leadership track at the Summer Workshop:

  1. You will be learning from the best journalism educators in the nation to become an effective and awesome editor.
  2. Learn practical applications on how to lead and manage your team and the philosophical foundation of these leadership applications.
  3. Meet lifelong partners in journalism— the workshop is the place to network and build foundation of relationship for future careers in journalism.
  4. Learn how to criticize effectively and how to deal with disruptive folks.
  5. Gain the confidence to solidify your role as a leader for your publication. It may be scary at first, but you will realize your full potential.



BillElsenBill Elsen will teach you to think like an editor. He wrote his first daily newspaper article, about high school sports, at age 15 for the Washington (D.C.) Daily News and, two years later, began teaching in summer workshops.

In March 2004, Elsen finished a 33 1/2-year career, primarily as an editor, at The Washington Post. From 1994-2001, he was a director of recruiting and hiring for the newsroom.

He is an editor for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and Twice Media Productions. Until it was disbanded in February 2013, he was an adjunct faculty member and editor for the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute at Vanderbilt University. He is a former editor and career development director for reznetnews.org, a news, information and entertainment website that trained and mentored Native American college students.

Before joining The Post, he was a reporter in Saigon, Vietnam, for Stars and Stripes; a reporter and copy editor for the Nashville (Tenn.) Banner; a sports copy editor for the Tennessean in Nashville; and a sports writer and sports editor for the Washington (D.C.) Daily News.

He is a board member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C., and serves on the scholarship committee.


Mark Witherspoon has advised the Iowa State Daily for 16 years. Before that, he advised student media at Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University. Before that, he was an editor and reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Wichita Falls Record News.