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Pitch to Poynter Contest

These rules are for the “Pitch to Poynter” Contest (“the Contest”), with entry into the Contest beginning Friday, October 1, 2010 at 11:05 a.m. Eastern Time and ending Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time. Entry into the Contest constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules, terms and conditions.


NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Purchase will not improve chances of winning. The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, except that employees of The Poynter Institute, Times Publishing Company, their affiliates and subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, contest prize suppliers, and participating advertisers and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter or win. Read more


Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2010

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


Friday, Oct. 01, 2010

Have a Journalism Startup Idea? Pitch it to Poynter

The ingredient list for a journalism startup once began with ink, presses and trucks. Now the recipe often starts with a domain, a niche and a strategy. The decline in launch costs has helped inspire a boom in journo startups. But just because it’s easier to start something doesn’t mean it’s easier to succeed.

What many journalism entrepreneurs need most is a path to sustainability. The Poynter Institute can help, thanks to 35 years of journalism training experience and a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.

Make your pitch to Poynter.

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Enter Poynter’s competition for online startups and you could win the Poynter Promise Prize. Two winners whose ideas best advance the journalistic ideals of The Poynter Institute (“standing for journalism, serving democracy”) will receive up to $10,000 each in contracted accounting, legal, research or promotion work, plus coaching and mentoring by Poynter faculty and our Ford Fellows in Entrepreneurial Teaching. 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


Monday, Aug. 30, 2010

Help Poynter Select 35 Influential People in Social Media

As a part of our 35th anniversary, Poynter is celebrating the intersection of journalism and technology. We know there’s a wide range of expertise out there, and we want your help in identifying those who have left a lasting mark through their work. Help us select 35 influential people in social media — both in and outside of journalism.

We’ve shared some people who have influenced how we think about social media at Poynter, and now we’d like you to tell us who has influenced you. From now until Tuesday, Oct. 5, you can use either Facebook or Twitter to nominate someone and vote for others by commenting on, “liking” and/or retweeting posts about others who have been nominated:

Facebook: From your Facebook page, write a note or status update with the name of a person and the reason why you think this person is influential. Read more

Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

Since the Seminar: “The Gulf Oil Disaster, Covering What’s Next”

Journalists covering the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill considered new angles and new information at Poynter training in New Orleans. Here’s a sample of what has come out of “The Gulf Oil Disaster: Covering What’s Next,” Aug. 23-25, a specialized reporting institute funded by The McCormick Foundation.

Poynter links

Others’ links

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Monday, Aug. 23, 2010

Shape Poynter’s New Website, Coming in November

Poynter is known as a school that teaches journalism excellence; Poynter Online is known for Romenesko. To better serve people looking for our teaching or our media news, we are recreating our website.

As Poynter celebrates its 35th anniversary in November, we will be launching a new Media News site, along with select microsites under the Poynter.org umbrella to better communicate how the Institute serves journalism.

At the very top of the prototype we invite you to preview, you’ll see parent-level navigation that, once functional, will direct users to places where they can learn more about:

  • Poynter’s mission, history, faculty, facility and events
  • Poynter’s on-site and online training
  • Ways to donate and support our work

(You’ll see the same type of navigation in the prototype’s footer.) The microsites referenced in the parent-level navigation are still under development and will launch at the same time as the Media News site in a few months. 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