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Why I always play music during writing workshops

The most fun I have as a teacher is when I can incorporate music into writing instruction. (Photo by Armondo Solares) I was 46 years old, and my life and time were filled by three pursuits: teaching writing, coaching girls soccer and playing in a rock band. My imagination was born, or reborn, that year in 1994. Read More
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5 questions for a (formerly) pissed off journalism student

Polo RochaIn a column yesterday for The Badger Herald student newspaper, University of Wisconsin-Madison senior Polo Rocha began with a confession. "I started reporting this column as a pissed off journalism student," Rocha wrote. "It’s not that I’m ungrateful for the wonderful classes and professors I’ve had at University of Wisconsin’s journalism school. It’s that my … Read More
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Why “Louie, Louie” should be an anthem for journalists

The song I have sung most often in my life is “Louie, Louie.” I don’t know the words. Really. There are two sets of lyrics – maybe three. The original lyrics, written and performed by Richard Berry in 1955, describe a sweet island romance. In 1963, The Kingsmen covered the song.  The lead singer, Jack Ely, slurred the words.  The … Read More
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Social media provides op-ed writers opportunities and challenges

Tony Messenger, left, listens to John Harwood talk about using social media to connect with his readers.Social media provides professional opinion writers and editors with new opportunities and huge challenges. John Harwood, chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC, told a roomful of op-ed writers and editors that they have the opportunity to convert a burden to a benefit Sunday … Read More
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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. Ten 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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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10 leadership lessons learned from NewsU’s last 10 years

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 … Read More
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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. (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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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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 … Read More
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From AIDS to Ebola: Journalism, disease, and the mentality of fear

I remember a day back in the 1980s when I first met a person who I thought had AIDS.  I was sitting at the front desk of the old storefront building of the Poynter Institute when a tall gaunt man entered through the glass doors and approached me with a question. I have forgotten his question, but I do remember … Read More
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