Poynter has been building training programs recently tailored to fit specific news organizations. On Thursday, Poynter announced a new partnership with the E.W. Scripps Co. that will include in-person workshops, online seminars and webinars. In February, the institute disclosed it was expanding its online training program with the McClatchy Co. and, in March, it shared plans to provide no-cost online training to ASNE members.
“There’s never been a time in journalism when training has been more important,” Franklin said.
Franklin acknowledged the media environment has become more splintered than ever, but said this “messiness” has also been a democratizing force. Journalists have a vital role in making sure citizens have the information they need, he said.
The Global Fact-Checking Summit in June is part of that effort.
“We’re going to pull in journalists across the world and train them to fact-check politicians,” Franklin said. “Think of the implications of that and potential of that across the globe.”
Franklin urged an audience of Poynter faculty, trustees and members of the public to look past the closing of Digital First Media’s Thunderdome and layoffs at organizations like The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger. The media industry is transforming, and is still “in the middle innings” of that process, he said.
As “the world’s premier institute for teaching journalism,” Franklin said, Poynter will have a crucial role in training the news media, from legacy organizations to independent digital startups, and serving as a “bridge between the old and the new.”
Franklin also announced plans to host a speaker series in the Tampa Bay area and to continue to offer programs like the Write Field that benefit the local community.
“Ultimately it’s the quality of the teaching here that matters, and that’s what we’re going to focus on,” Franklin said.
"ASNE and Poynter are organizations committed to helping newsroom leaders better serve their audiences and achieve journalistic excellence," said Poynter President Tim Franklin. "It's a great, added benefit for ASNE members. At the same time, it allows Poynter to expand the reach of its training with more of the nation's editors, and it makes the institute even more connected with the issues facing newsroom leaders."The webinars will also be available to nonmembers for a fee. In the joint release, ASNE President David Boardman said the training will "help newsroom leaders meet their challenges with the state-of-art, values-based training for which Poynter is renowned." "Our organizations have similar goals, and this program will help newsroom leaders meet their challenges with the state-of-art, values-based training for which Poynter is renowned," said Boardman, who is also a member of Poynter's National Advisory Board. Poynter also recently announced an expanded training initiative with the McClatchy Company.
Editor’s note: Poynter Vice President and Senior Scholar Roy Peter Clark delivered this speech Thursday night at a dinner honoring outgoing President Karen Dunlap.
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