Press Releases and other news about Poynter

Poynter’s NewsU and Knight Program in Media and Religion Offer New E-Learning Course

St. Petersburg, FL (Oct. 7, 2010) — Poynter’s e-learning project, News University, and the Knight Program in Media and Religion at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, announced today the launch of a new e-learning course on religion coverage designed for general assignment reporters, independent journalists and others who do not primarily cover religion as a beat.

The course, “Religion, Culture and Society: Getting Beyond the Cliches,” is offered free of charge, thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation. The e-learning module addresses the need to integrate informed and intelligent writing about religion into all areas of news coverage, as demonstrated by recent hot-button topics such as Glenn Beck and the growth of the Tea Party movement, revisions to the social studies curriculum in Texas public schools, the debate over Park51 and renewed tensions around Israeli settlements in the West Bank.… Read more


Poynter to Assist McCormick Foundation with Specialized Reporting Institutes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The McCormick Foundation has selected Poynter to administer its 2011 Specialized Reporting Institutes (SRI) program, the popular series of intensive journalism workshops designed to provide subject-specific expertise and practical skills to working journalists. 

McCormick looks to Poynter to share its 35 years of training experience to increase the impact, effectiveness and visibility of the events. The $340,000 grant will cover Poynter’s costs and fund six to eight SRIs next year, one of which will be hosted by Poynter.

“The Institute’s experience, reach and resources, including our e-learning site, News University, enable us to enrich these important on-the-ground events,” said Poynter President Karen B. Dunlap. “We look forward to working with McCormick and next year’s SRI program hosts to help journalists cover stories that serve democracy.”

Clark Bell, the foundation’s journalism program director, said Poynter is the perfect choice to manage the SRI series.… Read more


Thursday, Sep. 09, 2010

Poynter’s NewsU Introduces New Certificate Program

St. Petersburg, FL (September 8, 2010) – Poynter’s e-learning project, News University, announced today the launch of its new Certificate Program, which is designed to help editors, publishers and educators assess a participant’s understanding of the journalism industry’s essential skills and best practices. In addition, the certificates can also be used by individuals interested in enhancing their skills and demonstrating a level of proficiency.

Individuals earn a certificate by successfully completing the assessments in a curriculum track of Poynter NewsU e-learning modules. Poynter NewsU currently offers three certificates, Understanding Journalism, Basic Reporting and Writing Skills, and Multimedia Basics. It also plans to launch additional certificates in the coming months.

“Many individuals are seeing opportunities to supplement their income by writing for both traditional media companies and the new content providers,” said Howard Finberg, director of interactive learning at The Poynter Institute.… Read more


Wednesday, Aug. 04, 2010

NewsU Survey Finds Educators Are Integrating E-Learning Into Curriculum

St. Petersburg, FL– Poynter’s News University recently announced that more than 75 percent of educators surveyed are integrating e-learning into their classroom curriculum. And of those who responded affirmatively, more than 60 percent ranked it as extremely important to classroom teaching.

More than 625 educators participated in the online survey, which examined how teachers are combining classroom teaching with online learning, such as self-directed courses, Webinars, tutorials and instructional videos.

“Journalism educators, just like journalists, must deal with the new digital world with more innovation and different tools to train today’s students,” said Howard Finberg, director of interactive learning at The Poynter Institute. “The results validate what we’ve seen at NewsU, which continues to show growth and great evaluations among students and teachers, in addition to professionals across media platforms.”

In addition to viewing online training as an important tool in the classroom, 70 percent of educators said that online training is very relevant to their classroom teachings.… Read more


Friday, July 30, 2010

Poynter Awarded McCormick Grant for Gulf Oil Workshop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Thanks to a new grant from the McCormick Foundation, The Poynter Institute will lead a three-day Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI) to help journalists learn how to tell the stories they are likely to be writing for years to come following this summer’s BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The SRI, “The Gulf Oil Disaster: Covering What Comes Next,” will be presented in partnership with The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, PolitiFact, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) and Loyola University’s Center for Environmental Communication. The workshop will be held at The Times-Picayune, beginning August 23 and will be free to as many as 20 journalists.

“Poynter seeks to use multiple platforms to develop high-impact training and journalistic resources that will help reporters and editors provide compelling coverage of this complex and far-reaching story now and in the coming year,” said Poynter President Karen B.… Read more


Thursday, July 08, 2010

Poynter Names Briggs and Caplan as Ford Teaching Fellows in Entrepreneurial Journalism

The Poynter Institute has named Mark Briggs and Jeremy Caplan as Ford Fellows in Entrepreneurial Journalism Teaching.

As part of a new Poynter initiative in entrepreneurial journalism funded by the Ford Foundation, Briggs and Caplan will teach in Poynter seminars and NewsU courses, will write for Poynter Online and will mentor start-up initiatives.

Both will teach next week at Poynter in Bottom Line News: Creating Sustainable Journalism Start-ups, a seminar for 20 participants from around the country. Sessions will include training in such areas as the innovation process, business basics, technology, social marketing and legal and ethical issues.

Briggs, who also serves as director of digital media at KING 5 TV in Seattle, co-founded Serra Media, a technology company that connects local publishers with interactive applications aimed at serving and growing local audiences.… Read more


Friday, Mar. 26, 2010

Poynter Receives $750,000 Ford Foundation Grant To Expand Sense-Making Programs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A $750,000 grant from the Ford Foundation will enable The Poynter Institute to expand a series of initiatives aimed at addressing the troubling crisis in journalism by fostering a competitive, independent and responsible news industry that takes full advantage of the emerging digital technology.

Specifically, Poynter will cultivate and incubate new entrepreneurial media models in the digital space; deepen its understanding of how citizens are consuming news in the digital era; create case studies that analyze and help the public understand the workings of the nontraditional news sector, known as the Fifth Estate, and train those nontraditional journalism practitioners in a variety of journalism areas, including ethics and accuracy.

Poynter, a school dedicated to serving journalism in the interest of democracy, aspires through this project to influence — for the good of a democratic society — the news values that are emerging among those who are contributing news and information to this rapidly changing media landscape.… Read more


Thursday, Mar. 18, 2010

McCormick Awards Poynter a Specialized Reporting Grant

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation, The Poynter Institute will present “Investigating Local Government on a Budget,” a new three-day conference for learning the tools of investigative reporting — even in newsrooms without resources to undertake large investigations.

The conference will encourage participation from reporters in small and mid-sized newsrooms, teaching them how to hold local government officials accountable at a time when they are cutting vital services. Poynter, a school dedicated to serving journalism in the interest of democracy, will present the conference at its St. Petersburg campus beginning Aug. 29.

“Investigative reporting is critical to good journalism and local reporters need help,” said Poynter President Karen B. Dunlap. “Just as billions of dollars in federal stimulus monies are flowing through local contractors and government agencies, most newsrooms are struggling to cover investigative stories.… Read more


Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Poynter Celebrates $100,000 Pledge; Introduces 35th Anniversary Matching Gift Program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Poynter, a school dedicated to serving journalism in the interest of democracy, has launched a 35th Anniversary Matching Gift program made possible through a $100,000 pledge from Poynter Trustee Andrew Barnes and his wife, Molly.

Barnes, the retired Chairman and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times, said: “Journalism is changing rapidly, but its central mission of informing our democracy remains. Poynter is at the forefront of figuring out how to adapt while retaining what is so important. It’s time for us all to support Poynter as we can.”

In announcing the gift, Poynter President Karen Dunlap said: “As Poynter enters its 35th year, we are celebrating this significant gift which will help us to meet the needs of a changing media landscape as we prepare journalists for the 21st century.  We are enormously grateful to Andy and Molly Barnes for this generous contribution.”

“The Barnes’ gift will enable us to match, dollar-for-dollar, unrestricted gifts of $1,000 received until June 2010,” said Ann W.… Read more


Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009

Knight Foundation, Poynter Join Forces to Train “Underrepresented” Journalists

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Poynter Institute has announced a partnership designed to provide professional development to journalists and media leaders from underrepresented demographic groups in an effort to increase their effectiveness and presence in newsrooms. The partnership calls for Knight to provide a grant of $50,000 to Poynter and individual grants of $20,000 to each of six journalism organizations to help fund scholarships to Poynter programs for more than 100 journalists.

“I see this grant as a stimulus to keep good journalists in the news business,” said Karen Dunlap, president of The Poynter Insitute. “To survive and thrive, these journalists and media leaders need continued grounding in journalistic craft and values and new multimedia and entrepreneurial skills.… Read more