Ola Seifert


Poynter Receives Grant from Harnisch Family Foundation

By Ola Seifert
Marketing & Communications Manager

Eight years ago, the closing of the Nashville Banner newspaper marked the end of Ruth Ann Harnisch’s journalism career but opened the door to her new passion — helping others enjoy the “thrill of giving.” She established the Harnisch Family Foundation and became a spokesperson for creative philanthropy.

As president of the Foundation, Harnisch encourages people to become “Thrillionaires” by donating their money, time, skills, ideas and other assets to causes they care about. Everybody has a gift to give, she says, whether they donate money, bake a cake, write a song, design a Web site, pull a tooth, plant a garden or drive a truck.

Her foundation tells the stories of those who do give, to provide inspiration for others to do the same.

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Poynter Appoints Three New Advisory Board Members

The Poynter Institute announced today the appointment of three new National Advisory Board members: Candy Altman, vice president/News, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., Dr. Mario Garcia, CEO and founder of Garcia Media, and Orage Quarles III, president and publisher, The News & Observer.

“Advisory board members further the understanding of the Poynter Board of Trustees, the administration and the faculty on what’s going on in the world of journalism, and the world outside journalism,” said Poynter president Karen Brown Dunlap. “These three new members bring a wealth of experience and talent that I’m certain will be very valuable in helping Poynter better fulfill its mission as a school for journalists.”

Candy Altman

Since June 2003, Candy Altman has worked with the news departments of Hearst-Argyle’s 26 television stations helping guide them in the areas of news coverage, ethics, policy and hiring. Read more


Col�n, McBride Named to New Posts at Poynter

The Poynter Institute has announced two faculty leadership appointments: Aly Colón is the News Reporting, Writing, and Editing group leader, and Kelly McBride succeeds Colón as the Ethics group leader. 

Colón’s new duties will include serving as editor of the Best Newspaper Writing book, a yearly compilation of the winners of the ASNE Writing Awards and interviews with the winners.  

Discussing his appointment, Colón said, “I join a faculty already known for excellence and creativity in the practice, and the teaching, of our craft. I see my role as one that supports and enhances the work they do, while seeking new ways to address the challenges faced by reporters, writers, and editors.”

In terms of her leadership of the Poynter’s ethics department, McBride said she wants Poynter’s teaching on ethics “to reach journalists in every newsroom, in every discipline, and on every level.” She’s also interested in finding a way to partner with citizens to encourage media literacy. Read more


Wendy Wallace to Head Poynter High School Program

Wendy Wallace, a St. Petersburg Times veteran of almost 20 years, has joined Poynter on a part-time basis to serve as director of its high school journalism program.

Wallace also works as a copy editor at the Times helping students produce the weekly X-Team section of the paper for kids.

In her position with Poynter, Wallace will be responsible for coordinating a year-round program for high school students in the Tampa Bay area including a two-week summer boot camp, monthly follow-up meetings, and a fall writers’ workshop. In addition, she will represent Poynter at state and national scholastic journalism programs.

Wallace brings to her position at Poynter experience in many areas of the newspaper business including reporting, marketing, circulation sales, in house advertising, and copy editing.
She has an MBA in Marketing, a B.A. Read more


Poynter News Ethics Workshop

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Co-sponsored by Cox Newspapers, Inc. and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

April 17, 2004, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Reporters, editors, visual journalists, news directors, producers, journalism educators, and college journalism students, here’s your chance to take your storytelling and writing to a new level of excellence. Attend Poynter’s intensive and interactive one-day journalism workshop. Learn in large and small group settings. Eat and learn during a working lunch.

Here’s what you’ll get from the workshop:
Large group sessions that show how journalistic skills improve by using an ethical decision-making process
A choice of small group breakout sessions that show you how to:
· Come up with ethical guidelines
· Cover sex, sexual assaults, and sexual orientation
· Find the untold stories in your community
· Hit the streets with ethical tools to strengthen your reporting
· Handle hot, controversial decisions as an assigning editor

The Poynter faculty: Aly Colón, Ethics Group Leader & Diversity Program Director; Bob Steele, Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values; and Kelly McBride, Ethics Faculty. Read more