ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- WUSA-TV President and General Manager Richard J. Dyer was among the guest instructors invited to teach at The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media.

The program's participants are emerging leaders in digital media who have demonstrated an aptitude for leadership through current projects and references, according to Poynter. They gain direct access to top media executives receive practical advice on career planning and gain a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully lead today’s digital news organizations.

The program's lead sponsor, TEGNA Foundation, with support from the Scripps Howard Foundation, makes the program free for its 25 applicants, who were chosen from a pool of 139 applicants.

NABJ serves as Poynter’s training partner.

"I'm excited that NABJ and Poynter are partnering for a third year to elevate and train the top emerging leaders in digital media,” NABJ president Sarah Glover tells Poynter. “This leadership training is a great opportunity for a fresh cohort of digital professionals to gain new professional skills and develop impactful relationships.

Check here for more information on program, including this year's class inductees.