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Poynter, Arizona State University announce online adjunct faculty certificate

The Poynter Institute and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced Wednesday an online certificate program for adjunct journalism professors.

The program, which will be made available to journalism and mass communication programs across the country, will teach instructional skills. It will focus on the five areas: building a syllabus and course schedule, assessing teaching success, new teaching tools, student engagement and participation and teaching and evaluation and grading.

This pedagogical instruction is essential for adjunct professors, most of whom are trained primarily as journalism professionals, said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School.

“They bring real-world experience and up-to-date skills into their classrooms, but few are trained as teachers,” Callahan said. “By giving them the tools they need to be successful in the classroom, we can meet the high expectations of journalism and mass communications programs and strengthen student learning.”

The program will be hosted by News University, with coaching and feedback provided by educators at the Cronkite School.… Read more


5 investigative journalism tips from New York Times’ David Barstow

After a publisher chopped away at one of David Barstow’s early investigative stories, he considered ditching journalism and heading off to law school. Since then, Barstow — now a reporter at The New York Times — has gone on to win three Pulitzer Prizes for journalism that has exposed poor working conditions and bribery in America’s companies and manipulation of the American media.

New York Times investigative reporter David Barstow (right) talks to Butch Ward, senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute at a Master Class. (Photo by Ren LaForme)

But Barstow’s professional journey hasn’t been easy. It’s one that left him with “scar tissue” and an evolving understanding of the best way to approach cagey sources, unyielding spokespersons and impatient editors.

He shared some of that knowledge Friday with senior faculty member Butch Ward for Poynter’s inaugural “Master Class,” a discussion on the trajectory of his career and some of the stories that shaped it.… Read more


8 digital media lessons from Poynter’s ‘Journalism and the Web@25′ panel

Journalists shared personal stories about a “Goosebumps” fan site, a three-year-old riding an elevator, and dropping computer science classes in college to illustrate how journalism has changed since 1989 — and needs to change more quickly today — at Poynter’s “Journalism and the Web@25″ event Tuesday night.

The panelists at the Ford Foundation in New York represented both new and old media, and television, print, and mobile:

  • Rob King, ESPN‘s senior vice president, SportsCenter and News
  • Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide
  • Melissa Bell, co-founder, senior product manager and executive editor at
  • Kathleen Carroll, executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press
  • Jeff Jarvis, founder of and professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism

Here’s a replay of the lively discussion (the event begins around the 8:50 mark) and some digital journalism lessons shared by panelists as they reflected on the past 25 years of the Web:

The time for urgency was then — and now

When it comes to digital transformation, “I think we probably all wish we had been faster, sooner,” said the AP’s Carroll.… Read more


Kelly McBride named Poynter’s Vice President for Academic Programs

Kelly McBride will be the Vice President for Academic Programs, leading the Poynter Institute’s teaching team and overseeing all of our educational efforts in person and online.

McBride has the credibility, expertise, ideas and passion to help execute the new mission of The Poynter Institute to be a global thought leader and innovator in this time of transformational change in newsrooms and journalism education, said Poynter President Tim Franklin:

Kelly is a nationally known and respected writer, teacher and thought leader on the media. She co-edited the recently published book, “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century,” which explores the guiding standards for our new digital media age. She represents the institute with distinction as a frequently quoted expert in the nation’s top publications and broadcast programs, and has a weekly segment on Tampa Bay’s NPR affiliate.

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Poynter takes on 2 tenants

The Poynter Institute has leased office space in its St. Petersburg, Florida, headquarters to two new tenants, both of which are digital startups.

Check I’m Here offers a suite of products that let universities track student engagement and attendance, and Tribunat “provides a new economic model for equity analysis and valuation information.”

“Poynter is a mature organization that operates with the heart of a startup,” Poynter President Tim Franklin said in a statement. “The energy and entrepreneurial drive of these young companies are a great fit with Poynter at this time in our history.”

In his vision statement for Poynter released last week, Franklin said Poynter “should welcome tenants, especially ones with similar missions” to “add both revenue and another element of vitality.” Poynter is also exploring the sale of land adjacent to its building, as well as an office building it owns in Seminole, Florida.… Read more


Poynter president outlines new strategic direction

Tim Franklin, Poynter’s president.

Since February, a screen in the Great Hall at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, sped through seconds, clicked through minutes, rolled through hours and scrolled through days. The countdown began on February 10 and marked the start of 100 days that Poynter’s new president, Tim Franklin, gave himself before offering a new vision for the institute.

On May 14, with less than a week to go, Franklin stopped the clock and presented faculty and staff with his report (you can download the document here; it’s also embedded at the bottom of this story). From the introduction:

We will change how we work, where we work and how we financially support our work. We will move with urgency and an entrepreneurial spirit to meet this challenge.

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Pulitzer Prize winner David Barstow joins Poynter adjunct faculty

New York Times reporter David Barstow, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has been named to The Poynter Institute faculty as an adjunct.

The institute said in a news release that Barstow will teach for News University, Poynter’s online learning site, and will contribute to its news blog.

“David Barstow is one of the premier investigative reporters and storytellers of this generation, or any generation,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “He represents exactly what Poynter strives to impart in its programs and its teaching – excellent journalism that serves the public interest.” … Read more


Seth Liss is Poynter’s new editor

Seth Liss is Poynter’s new digital editor. He’ll oversee Poynter’s website and newsgathering operations.

Liss is currently the online managing editor for WAMU, a public radio station in Washington, D.C. Before that he was an online content editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and a producer at the San Jose Mercury News.

“Seth has led three major digital news operations on both coasts, and he has a proven track record of success,” Poynter Institute President Tim Franklin said in a statement. “He’s committed to generating high quality news and information that is useful, relevant and timely to readers who care about journalism and the media industry.”


Reached by phone, Liss said his first priority would be a redesign for Poynter’s website, to “get it up to date and get a look to it that matches the content.” He will also look at overall strategy, including the ways readers consume Poynter content and how they share it on social media.… Read more


‪Stephen Buckley will leave Poynter‬

Poynter Dean of Faculty Stephen Buckley will leave the Institute in June to move to Zambia, where he will work for the nongovernmental organization Family Legacy developing a new youth leadership center.

Poynter President Tim Franklin said Buckley will be sorely missed for his leadership of the faculty.… Read more