Teletraining – Coaching journalists toward their best work

One of the most important roles that an editor can play is that of a coach. Whether it’s leading journalists on an investigation, helping them manage a project while still maintaining a beat, or guiding them as they persuade a reluctant source, effective coaching makes a newsroom more successful. On SABEW’s next teletraining session, our panel of successful editors will share their insights and tips on how to coach journalists of all stripes toward their best work. We’ll talk about how to make time for coaching and the difference between coaching and editing. We’ll also look at the trend of more editors actually being classified as coaches. Whether you’re a seasoned editor or are new to leading journalists, this session is for you.

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Butch Ward, Poynter. Butch is senior faculty and former managing director at The Poynter Institute, where he teaches leadership, editing, reporting and writing. He worked for 27 years in newspapers, at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore News American, and was managing editor in both newsrooms. Before joining Poynter in 2005, he spent three years being covered by journalists as vice president for corporate and public affairs at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. Butch has taught and facilitated programs for a variety of newsrooms and journalism associations, including the Committee of Concerned Journalists, American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors.
Twitter: @butchward


Josh Awtry, Gannett. Josh is senior director for news strategy for Gannett and its USA TODAY Network. Until recently, he served as vice president and executive editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times and Greenville News. Previously he was the executive editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan, editor of the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Assistant Managing Editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, where he oversaw the paper’s digital operation and presentation. He was named Gannett’s 2012 Innovator of the Year for his work reinventing the Coloradoan’s news operation and creating a cohesive, data-driven and community-focused team that interacts closely with Fort Collins.
Twitter: @jawtry

Jacquee Petchell, Carnegie-Knight News21. Jacquee is the executive editor of the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting initiative. She is an award-winning investigative reporter, editor and producer who most recently served as senior editor for investigations and enterprise at the Houston Chronicle. She began her career as a Pulliam Fellow at The Indianapolis News and went on to report for The Arizona Republic and The Miami Herald. Petchel also produced investigative journalism for television stations in Minneapolis and Miami before returning to The Miami Herald as assistant city editor and later investigations editor. She was a part of two different teams at The Miami Herald that won Pulitzer Prizes, one for an investigation into property damage in South Florida caused by Hurricane Andrew, and another for coverage of the federal raid that removed Elian Gonzalez from his relatives’ home in Miami. She began managing the investigative team at The Houston Chronicle in 2005.
Twitter: @JacqueePetchel

Mike Siconolfi, Wall Street Journal. Mike is Investigations Editor at The Wall Street Journal, leading a team of investigative reporters and working closely with other senior editors worldwide. He has held a number of reporting and editing roles at the Journal since 1984, specializing in the finance area. Mike co-led the Journal’s “Medicare Unmasked” coverage, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2015, as well as a Gerald Loeb Award and an IRE Freedom of Information Award. He has won four Gerald Loeb awards, three as a reporter and one for career editing achievement.
Twitter: @michaelsiconolf

Questions about teletraining? Please contact Mary Jane Pardue at or Kimberly Quillen at

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