Learn More about McCormick Specialized Reporting Institutes


The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, through its partner The Poynter Institute, funded reporting workshops for about 10 years called Specialized Reporting Institutes (SRIs). SRIs met 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 conveneed 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.) Poynter produced a webinar and a page of reporting resources on the topic for NewsU.