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Knight Foundation reinvests in News University

Vicki Krueger is the Director of Interactive Learning and has been managing News University for 3 years and has been with the project for 10 years.

newsU-300Ten years ago, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation made an investment in e-learning at Poynter. Since then, News University has grown to more than 325,000 users in 200 countries and territories around the world, 400 courses, and training in seven languages. About 2,000 people a week enroll in e-learning modules at NewsU. It has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

Now, in honor of NewsU’s 10th birthday, Knight is making a new investment of $195,000 in the leading online training site for journalists, educators and anyone interested in the craft and values of journalism. Knight funding will support the first phase of the most ambitious rethinking and retooling of Poynter NewsU since it was launched in April 2005. Read more

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Thursday, Apr. 09, 2015

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Fall back in love with journalism with these 8 NewsU courses

Friday, April 10 is the 10th anniversary of Poynter’s News University. In addition to other celebrations going on around Poynter, we’ve pulled together a series of lists from NewsU’s work from the past 10 years.

Maybe it was the budget that has shrunk so small it puts Cinderella’s waist to shame. Maybe it is the stampede of editors running over your neat narrative. Maybe it’s the endless beeping of the newsroom’s broken fire alarm. Something made you fall out of love with journalism, the profession you must have loved at one time. NewsU teaches skills and processes, but it can also provide inspiration. No matter what made you fall out of love with journalism, here are some courses that will make you want to buy journalism flowers and take it out to dinner again. Read more

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Wednesday, Apr. 08, 2015

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NewsU by the numbers (there are a lot of ewes)

Friday, April 10 is the 10th birthday of Poynter News University. In addition to other celebrations going on around Poynter, we’ve pulled together a series of lists from NewsU’s teaching and teachers the past 10 years.

In its first 10 years, NewsU has accumulated a lot of stuff: courses, users, even sheep. Here are 10 numbers that tell the story of NewsU.

1. 2 giant whiteboards

At NewsU, our best organization system is our whiteboards. Whether it’s writing down our wish list for Webinars, organizing courses or keeping track of our schedule, using the whiteboards lets us keep a quick, up to date plan that everyone can see. Or we can use it for other important things, like doodling or writing down quotes from coaches in honor of March Madness. Read more

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Tuesday, Apr. 07, 2015

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Here are 4 NewsU Webinars that didn’t age well

Friday, April 10 is the 10th anniversary of Poynter’s News University. In addition to other celebrations going on around Poynter, we’ve pulled together a series of lists from NewsU’s work from the past 10 years.

You have to give it to them. After 400 years of printing press hegemony, news organizations have scrambled to keep up with changes in technology. And News University has been there with them, with courses about coding languages, new social media networks and more.

But technology changes fast. We frequently need to add new courses and cull the ones that have lost relevancy. Here are fun lessons of yesteryear from four Webinars that might as well be from the Stone Age (and long unpublished from our site) and four you should try instead. Read more

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Friday, Apr. 03, 2015

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In the last 10 years, NewsU’s most popular courses have been about the fundamentals

Friday, April 10 is the 10th anniversary of Poynter’s News University. In addition to other celebrations going on around Poynter, we’ve pulled together a series of lists from NewsU’s work from the past 10 years.

In the last 10 years, we’ve developed more than 400 journalism courses at NewsU. That’s an ambitious training catalog of Webinars, online seminars and self-directed courses.

Since our core audience is journalists, teachers and students, our courses cover key journalism skills in the digital age: from digital tools to video fundamentals, social media strategies and search engine optimization.
All timely and essential topics, we agree. But the most popular courses, the ones with the most people enrolled, focus on the fundamentals.

Before we start the official top 10, I’d like include a couple of honorable mentions. Read more

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Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015

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Here are 10 Webinar presenters from NewsU’s last 10 years

Friday, April 10 is the 10th birthday of Poynter News University. In addition to other celebrations going on around Poynter, we’ve pulled together a series of lists from NewsU’s teaching and teachers the past 10 years.

Webinars showcase industry leaders and media experts across a wide range of topics, themes and techniques at Poynter News University. Here are 10 from the first 10 years, taken from our library of more than 250 Webinars and Webinar presenters.

Mark S. Luckie: You are What You Tweet: How to Engage with Your Readers on Twitter
Luckie, the creative content manager for journalism at Twitter, is a multi-platform journalist and editor, founder of the digital journalism blog 10,000 Words, and author of The Digital Journalist’s Handbook. He brings a big smile and big ideas when he teaches. Read more

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Monday, Mar. 30, 2015

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10 leadership lessons learned from NewsU’s last 10 years

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Friday, April 10 is the 10th anniversary of Poynter’s News University. In addition to other celebrations going on around Poynter, we’ve pulled together a series of lists from NewsU’s work and hosts from the past 10 years.

The producers at Poynter’s News University get to scout for talent and observe everything from the innovative ideas that percolate from the brains of talented people to industry changing norms. We interact with the journalism “celebrities” so we can tap into their genius to formulate, condense and disseminate teaching that can be bottled into one hour Webinars held almost every week.

Here are some of the lessons that we have learned here from our visitor instructors.

1. Listen and coach:

The best insights into people come when you listen carefully to what they have to say. Read more

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Friday, Mar. 20, 2015

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The importance of teaching specialized writing skills to journalism students

Diana Dawson, director and writing coach at the Journalism Writing Support Program at the University of Texas, coaches a student. (Photo by Jessica Sinn)

Diana Dawson, director and writing coach at the Journalism Writing Support Program at the University of Texas. (Photo by Jessica Sinn)

The University of Texas junior handed me a story about a baseball league for disabled children and sank into a nearby chair. Mercedes Cordero had been through two rounds of editing with her professor but the piece remained troubled by awkward phrasing and lacked the zip needed for publication. Her professor worked with her but he also had lectures to plan, stories to grade and dozens of other students to help.

Hidden in his edits and her frustration was a tale of courageous athletes winning on a different playing field.  But Mercedes had hit the point where she needed help to get that story published. Read more

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Friday, Mar. 06, 2015

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Photojournalism ethics needs a reexamination

The latest in the world of photojournalism contest ethics and photo sleuthing took another turn yesterday with World Press Photos’ rescinding a first-place award after disqualifying 22 percent of the entries that had made the penultimate round.

Amid controversy, World Press Photo announced yesterday that based on its investigation, it is withdrawing the controversial “Dark Heart of Europe” award presented to Giovanni Troilo. Troilo, an Italian independent photographer, had received the award for his 10-photograph series depicting the gritty Charleroi city of Belgium in this year’s WPP Contemporary Issues Story category.

The 58th Annual World Press Photo competition’s organizers previously disclosed that 22 percent of the finalists were disqualified due to excessive post processing, or digital manipulation.

“It seems some photographers can’t resist the temptation to aesthetically enhance their images during post-processing either by removing small details to ‘clean up’ an image, or sometimes by excessive toning that constitutes a material change to the image. Read more

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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

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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 12 months. In addition, more than half, 56 percent, of those journalists were mostly satisfied or very satisfied with the training.

That’s a significant improvement from the 1993 “No Train, No Gain” report, published by the Freedom Forum, which revealed that only 14 percent of the journalists surveyed received regular weekly or monthly training at their newspapers. A follow-up report, “Newsroom Training: Where’s the Investment?” in 2002 painted a similar picture, with more than two-thirds of the journalists surveyed saying they “receive no regular skills training.”

However, Poynter’s 2014 survey shows that training varies wildly between newsrooms, with several reporting less than half of staff members have received training in the past year.  Read more

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