Bridget Donovan

Interactive Learning Manager


As interactive learning manager, Bridget oversees Poynter’s News University (NewsU) – the world’s largest online journalism curriculum, with hundreds of interactive courses and tens of thousands of registered users from around the world. She is passionate about Poynter’s mission and critical role in journalism and democracy.

Bridget is a growth-minded strategic leader with 15+ years’ experience developing interactive, learner-centered online educational programs, courses and content for a variety of audiences. She has international leadership and education management experience working with diverse teams and technologies.

Prior to joining Poynter in 2019, she led her own company, media-ecology, helping brands and businesses engage learners online. From 2007 to 2013, she served as director, elearning & business development at the University of South Florida, the tenth-largest top-tier research university in the United States. Bridget partnered on the debut of NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News. She launched the U.S. digital education service for the London office of Espresso Education, the award-winning digital learning service. She oversaw training for Espresso Education in London and East England managing a customer base of 44 Local Education Authorities consisting of more than 3,500 schools serving 1.2 million students.

Bridget has produced digital media for PBS, Discovery Education Espresso, and her work has garnered Telly, Webby, Interactive Media Award and British Film Council and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognition. Bridget started her career working at, contributing to PBS Kids, PBS Teacherline and a variety of digital offerings.

Bridget has a master’s degree in educational research from Cambridge University, where she conducted and published applied research on human-computer interaction. Bridget has two bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University, one in child and family studies and one in psychology.

Bridget loves raising her two children, living, working and stand up paddleboarding in Tampa Bay/St. Pete.