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Paul Tash, left, Tampa Bay Times chairman and CEO, and Poynter President Tim Franklin discuss the media Thursday night. (Ren LaForme/Poynter)

New Poynter president discusses his vision for the institute

New Poynter President Tim Franklin speaks at an institute reception Thursday night. (Ren LaForme/Poynter)
With 49 days left in a self-imposed 100-day deadline to institute progress as Poynter's new president, Tim Franklin offered a glimpse Thursday night at elements of his strategic plan, including an international fact-checking summit scheduled in London this summer.

Speaking at a Poynter reception, Franklin said among the school's top priorities will be delivering journalism training and news to more people online, through News University and

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.

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Poynter, Scripps announce tailored training partnership

The Poynter Institute and the E.W. Scripps Co. today announced a long-term agreement that will provide customized training for staff members in the Scripps newspaper division. “As a longtime participant in Poynter programs, I can say with confidence that its team represents the gold standard in providing continuing education for journalists,” said Mizell Stewart III, vice president/content for the Scripps newspaper division. “Investment in learning and staff development are critical as our newsrooms transform into multi-platform local news organizations. Scripps is pleased to expand its relationship with Poynter as a key partner in building our capacity to provide readers with quality local storytelling on smartphone, tablet, web and print platforms.” The Scripps training will include in-person workshops, online seminars and webinars led by Poynter's faculty and industry experts. Employees can earn certificates in programs targeting specific gaps in skills. “The E.W. Scripps Co. is one of the most respected brands in American journalism, and it has been for more than a century. So we’re honored that Scripps has entrusted The Poynter Institute with helping its journalists learn and thrive in this era of digital journalism,” said Tim Franklin, Poynter president. “I applaud Scripps for making a significant investment in its people and its future through this training partnership with Poynter." Poynter will create a Scripps-branded area on News University, the institute's e-learning site. Many of the Scripps e-learning programs will be hosted on NewsU and its technology will be available to assess the value of the training. "The media industry is being transformed before our eyes, and training for journalists has never been more important than it is today," said Franklin. "Scripps recognizes that, and we worked with the company to tailor a training program that meets its strategic goals. This represents yet another example of how Poynter can help media companies and their journalists succeed through efficient and cost-effective training programs.” In February, Poynter and the McClatchy Co. announced an expansion of a custom training program begun last year. The expanded training includes classes for McClatchy employees in video, database reporting and other aspects of digital publishing.

ASNE members to receive free training in new partnership with Poynter

The Poynter Institute and the American Society of News Editors announced a new partnership offering no-cost training for ASNE members on topics relevant to journalism's changing news landscape. The training presented in four webinars will be jointly developed by Poynter and ASNE and made available through Poynter's online News University, the organizations said in a release.
"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.

Poynter and McClatchy expand customized training program

The Poynter Institute and The McClatchy Company will expand the training program they began last year. Poynter was able to align some new teaching around McClatchy's emphasis on news video, Poynter Director of Training Partnerships and Alliances Howard Finberg said in a phone call: "We were able to help shape the offerings for this year in support of their efforts," he said.

McClatchy Vice President of News Anders Gyllenhaal said Poynter's training reached "a little less than half" of the company's journalists in the past year through three certificate programs and 11 webinars offered through Poynter's News University.

Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar tells Poynter in an email that 54 people in its newsroom took 120 hours of Poynter classes last year. "I'm happy with that number because our big training emphasis in Sacramento last year was on our new Newsgate 3 publishing system, which involved 1,406 training hours across the room," she writes. "With that behind us, I'm looking forward to our newsroom becoming more fully engaged with the Poynter training this year."

"We want one year's training to build on the next," Gyllenhaal said in a phone call. "We want one course to build on what you've already taken." (more...)

Tim Franklin is Poynter’s new president

The Poynter Institute announced Thursday that its new president will be Tim Franklin, the Washington managing editor for Bloomberg News. Franklin was director of the National Sports Journalism Center at the Indiana University School of Journalism before that and has edited The Baltimore Sun, the Orlando Sentinel and The Indianapolis Star.

"My professional passions are for journalism and education," Franklin said in a phone interview Thursday. "This is the perfect fit for those two passions."

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In Washington, Franklin, who is 53, oversaw daily coverage of government and policy, including the 2013 government shutdown, and launched Bloomberg Insider, a daily magazine published during the major parties' 2012 conventions. At Indiana University, he oversaw the creation and development of the Sports Journalism Center and led fundraising efforts as well. He also led the launch of Indiana University's, which covers sports media. (more...)
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October 25, 2013, The Poynter Institute, 801 Third Street South, St. Petersburg, 
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Poynter president leaves legacy born of childhood challenges

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Poynter has launched a new site on emerging ethics issues facing journalists.

New ethics site offers resources for journalists

Finding your way ethically in an age of unverified tweets and anonymous comments can be a treacherous journey for reporters and editors, but it doesn’t have to be a lonely one: Help is available with the launch of Poynter’s ethics … Read more


Karen Dunlap will retire as Poynter’s president

Karen Dunlap, who has led the Poynter Institute since 2003, announced to staff Monday she plans to retire in January. "We need to take some big steps," Dunlap told Poynter's faculty and staff. "And I think it's time for somebody else to do that." Dunlap first came to Poynter for a seminar in the 1980s. "It was wonderful," she said in an interview. "It was life-changing." At the end of that week, Dunlap, who has been a reporter at the Macon News, the Nashville Banner and the St. Petersburg Times, mentioned she was leading a student writing project in Nashville, Tenn. Poynter had just lost the person who headed its own program, and soon Dunlap took on the role. A lot has changed during her time at Poynter, Dunlap said, including the changes that have most impacted journalism in general -- the move to digital. And like the industry, Poynter's also undergoing transformation, Dunlap said, and moving to be self-funding. Back when she first came to Poynter, the institute was located in an old bank building on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The place was quite unremarkable. But the experience and the work was not, she said. People visiting now often remark on the beauty of Poynter's current home, but Dunlap thinks her own experience shows it's not about the physical space. "The beauty and meaning of Poynter is not the building," Dunlap says. "It's the people." (more...)

Poynter will hire an editor and a digital business manager

Poynter plans to hire a new editor of Poynter Online, as well as a part-time digital media manager. Both of these people will have an important influence on the future of

The editor will oversee all publishing on the website and will help improve the site's digital presence on social and mobile platforms. This person will edit and write stories, manage projects, oversee the online staff, and help diversify's contributor base and sources. This person will also help the website think about creative new approaches to storytelling.

(I've been serving as interim editor for the past six months and will leave Oct. 11 to start a new job as managing director of Images & Voices of Hope, a nonprofit that highlights how the media can be a force for good.)

The digital business manager, a new position, will be responsible for growing the business operations of and Poynter's News University. The manager will create initiatives to generate new sources of revenue for both sites and will work with others at the institute to provide online support for professional development programs, public events and the institute’s fundraising efforts.

The deadline to apply for both positions is Monday, Oct. 14.