Learn More about McCormick Specialized Reporting Institutes


The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, through its partner The Poynter Institute, funds reporting workshops each year called Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI). SRIs meet the growing need to provide journalists and others with subject-specific expertise and practical reporting training on issues or topics in the news.

Each workshop convenes a diverse group of journalists, often from small to mid-sized news organizations, plus educators, for a program lasting about two days. (Here are previous SRI topics, hosts and locations, with links to sample agendas.) Hosts produce a webinar and a page of reporting resources on the topic for NewsU.

SRI workshop participants represent all media platforms, and SRI funds cover participants’ travel, lodging and tuition.

For 2015, McCormick and Poynter sought applications for SRI workshops on the following topics, rated as subjects of keen interest by McCormick and in a survey of editors, news directors and other newsroom leaders:

  • The economy: wage stagnation, joblessness, the new poor, minimum wage, wealth inequality
  • The environment: Water, climate change, weather, clean power, preparing for natural disasters
  • Health care: prices, access, Affordable Care Act
  • Police/community relations: race relations/disparities in enforcement, police use of force
  • Immigration: impact on communities, unaccompanied minors, policies and politics
  • State and local government: accountability, transparency

The SRI plan for 2016 has not yet been determined.

We will update this page in the fall of 2016 with details.

If you need assistance, please send an e-mail to McCormickSRI@poynter.org.