Our Teaching Transforms

Our Teaching

For more than 40 years, Poynter has had one goal: to make journalism better. From personalized coaching and hands-on seminars, to interactive, online courses, Poynter teaching is designed to sharpen your skills, elevate your career and ignite your imagination. Led by our faculty and the industry’s brightest minds and most accomplished journalists and educators, the Poynter experience connects you with skilled teachers and with other students of the craft.

To that end, we teach those who manage, edit, produce, program, report, write, blog, photograph and design, whether they belong to news organizations or work as independent entrepreneurs. We teach those who teach, as well as students in middle school, high school and college—the journalists of tomorrow. And we teach members of the public, helping them better understand how journalism is produced and how to tell for themselves whether it’s credible.

  • We teach in seminar rooms on our main campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we teach in newsrooms and through events all over the world. (See a list of recent workshops.)
  • We teach online with our e-learning platform, News University, allowing those in search of training to choose from hundreds of self-directed courses, online group seminars, Webinars, online chats, podcasts and video tutorials.
  • We teach through our editorial coverage of the media industry on poynter.org. Here, you'll keep abreast of industry trends, people, organizations, technology and ideas shaping journalism. Our reporters and contributors cover breaking news and bring understanding and insight to put industry issues in perspective.  

We teach leadership, ethical decision-making and the power of diversity; we teach fact-checking and accountability journalism; we teach editing, writing, reporting and digital skills; we teach those in broadcast, print and digital as well as professional communicators; we teach those trying to remake their organizations and those trying to remake their journalistic skills set.

Poynter teaching is unique. Guided by a resident faculty that includes distinguished professionals and scholars and supported by an impressive cast of adjuncts and subject matter experts, our programs are designed to be highly interactive and give participants lots of individual attention. Teaching is both grounded in the extremely difficult realities of the marketplace and focused on the highest standards of journalistic values. Practical and aspirational, it is often referred to as the “Poynter Experience.”

Experience Poynter and transform your career.

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