Posts by Howard Finberg

About Howard Finberg

Howard has been in journalism for 40 years. His resume includes positions with the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Arizona Republic. He was the Presidential Scholar at Poynter in 2002 and joined Poynter full-time in 2003 to direct its e-learning project, News University. In 2012 he became the Institute's Director of Partnerships and Alliances. His Twitter account is @Hif

New newsroom training report shows gaps, some progress

For many journalists, this is the best of times for training. For others, it's a missed opportunity, according to a new Poynter report. The results of a new report “Constant Training: New Normal or Missed Opportunity?” were released today by The Poynter Institute and the Knight Foundation. Two-thirds of journalists report that they have received training the past … Read More

8 Tips for Techno-Evangelists

Journalism and technology don’t always go together very well. I think there’s a natural conflict between the gathering of news and information and the various means of packaging and distributing it. This conflict is especially challenging for newsroom managers. On one hand, they want to focus on the journalism; on the other, they need to stay aware of technological … Read More

Why newsrooms don't embrace digital tools

Many newsrooms in the U.S. are still not taking advantage of the low-cost digital tools for gathering and distributing journalism, even when journalists and producers know about the alternatives to traditional technologies. That's one of the findings in a report published today by Mark Stencel, Poynter Institute digital fellow, Bill Adair, Knight chair of computational journalism at Duke University, and Prashanth Kamalakanthan, a former assistant at the Duke Reporters’ Lab. The report, "The Goat Must Be Fed. Why digital tools are missing in most newsrooms," is based on interviews with more than 20 editors, news directors and digital editors at newspapers, TV and radio stations. Read More

Journalism needs the right skills to survive

Despite the economic imperatives facing the media industry, professional journalists lag behind educators and others in rating the importance of multimedia and other digital storytelling skills. That finding is the result of new research from The Poynter Institute, which shows a wide divergence between professionals and educators in their thinking on the importance of core journalism skills, especially those skills … Read More

Letter from Poynter India's Workshop Team

Kochi, India, Workshop Participants. March 25, 2014 -- One of the nicest traditions at The Poynter Institute is the seminar photograph. This is a record of a special time with colleagues and faculty and of new friends made. When I first thought about the idea of bringing a group of faculty members to India to conduct a series of … Read More