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Poynter announces the 2024 Media Transformation Challenge Fellows, including EdNC’s Anna Pogarcic

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This week the Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, announced the 25 senior executives selected for the 2024 Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) Program: A Poynter Institute Executive Fellowship. At 24, Anna Pogarcic, EdNC’s director of content and communications, is the youngest fellow ever honored with the prestigious fellowship.

Prior to joining EdNC, Pogarcic made national headlines as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Tar Heel for her “print news, raise hell” commitment and leadership.

Since 2007, 375 senior media executives have realized critical performance results, built lifelong career skills and relationships, and made major contributions to industry transformation through this yearlong program. EdNC’s Nation Hahn was a fellow in the 2019 cohort.

Fellows learn and apply MTC’s well-known tools of performance-driven change, have yearlong access to a full slate of diverse executive coaches — Amanda BarrettLauren GustusStephane MayouxFran Scarlett and Danyelle White — and will connect with a world-class set of former Fellows who share common language and program experiences. 

The 2024 fellows represent some of the biggest media brands in the world, including Yahoo! News, The Associated Press, ABC, and Telemundo, as well as cutting-edge nonprofit and collaborative news organizations developing audience growth and business models, according to the press release.

“MTC is entering a transformational year in 2024, with generous grant support from the Knight Foundation and the Google News Initiative,” said executive director Charlie Baum. “We’re grateful for a diverse, creative incoming class, whose challenges are very much part of the revitalization of the news ecosystem.  It’s an exciting time in the journalism world, and our fellows are at the heart of it.”

Fellows kicked off the MTC program during an in-person session at Poynter.

Throughout the fellowship, participants will identify and pursue their most significant business performance challenges with help from MTC’s trademark tools, concepts, coaches, peer group and alumni network. In years past, the program has focused on helping newer enterprises produce quality journalism to deliver audience impact, build capacity and gain financial strength; innovating new business models, service offerings and digital ventures; delivering more powerful audience-focused experiences and outcomes through integrating efforts across internal operations; and strengthening relationships and building audiences across fault lines of race and class. 

The 2024 fellows are:

Fisnik Abrashi, director of global customer engagement, the Associated Press

Saeed Ahmed, vice president of news for digital platforms, the Associated Press

Arturo Carmona, president, Latino Media Collaborative/Calo News Group

Jos Duncan Asé, executive producer and publisher, Love Now Media

Kristen Go, editor in chief, CalMatters

Kimberly Griffin, publisher and chief revenue officer, Mississippi Free Press

Andale Gross, managing editor, the Kansas City Star

Benjamin Hallman, executive director, The Examination

Karen Hawkins, story editor, The 19th

Amanda Hickman, chief operating officer, MuckRock Foundation

Lauren Johnston, executive editor, Yahoo News U.S.

Michael Kreisel, vice president of newsgathering, ABC News

Kensey Lamb, global director of platforms and distribution, the Associated Press

Karen Mahabir, director of standards and talent development, the Associated Press

Leigh Munsil, editor in chief, San Antonio Report

Mirta Ojito, senior director of news standards, Telemundo Network

Alberto Orso, senior broadcast producer/head of 8AM GMA, Good Morning America

Emma Patti Harris, head of newsroom audience and digital experience, The Baltimore Banner

Anna Pogarcic, director of content and communications, EdNC

Damaso Reyes, investigative editor, The New York Amsterdam News

Erica Schopmeyer, director of operations and finance, Outlier Media

Angilee Shah, CEO and editor-in-chief, Charlottesville Tomorrow

Maryse Sulimma, chief operating officer, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Darya Ushakova, senior vice president of consumer marketing, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Hannes Vollmuth, senior editor for digital strategy and innovation, Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.