Survive and Thrive in Freelance and Remote Work

Self-directed course

Improve your effectiveness working remotely in your freelance solo act, side hustle, or virtual team.

Building a Scalable Personal Brand

Online group seminar, Sept. 25-Nov. 6

There’s only one brand you’ll represent your whole life, and that’s yours. Let’s build one you can be proud of.

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Election training for journalists

Fact-checking for voters

Resources for Educators and Students

News University curated an array of resources to help you migrate to an online teaching and learning environment. These just-in-time supplements will enhance any virtual curriculum. Incorporate individual courses or customize a digital course pack for your teaching needs. Need a subject matter expert? Poynter faculty and staff are available for drop-in virtual teaching.


The TV News Toolbox for Teachers 

Virtual Teachapalooza: Front-Edge Teaching Tools for College Educators

Newsroom Readiness Certificate

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How to Effectively Teach Online

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Course Catalog

The full News University course catalog features more than 100 interactive courses for people interested in journalism, including Poynter’s competitive in-person teaching programs that now take place online. Explore by topic and by course type:

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Table Stakes: Poynter’s Local News Innovation Program (2021)

Poynter ACES Advanced Editing Certificate (Fall 2020)

ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar (Fall 2020)

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MediaWise Voter Project Fact-Checking Certificate

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Fact-Checking 101 from the MediaWise Voter Project

Building a Scalable Personal Brand

Covering Jails and Justice: The 2020 Election Issues

MediaWise for Seniors: Live Fact-Checking Seminar

The Weirdest Election “Night” Ever: Practical tools for sound election coverage

MediaWise for Seniors: Self-Directed Fact-Checking Course

How to Report on 2020 Political Advertising on Facebook

DCP Course Template 2020

Leadership Academy for Women in Media – September 2020

Reporting in the Age of Social Justice

The Weirdest Election “Night” Ever: What journalists and election-watchers need to know about the 2020 elections and a working democracy

Survive and Thrive in Freelance and Remote Work

Power Up: Leadership in Tough Times (Fall 2020)

The TV News Toolbox for Teachers 

Will Work For Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (Summer 2020)

Writing About the World in 2020: Dignity and Precision in Language

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Leading a Local Newsroom Through Uncertain Times

Make Design More Inclusive: Defeat Unconscious Bias in Visuals

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Power Up Your Reporting

High School Journalism Program 2020

Power Up: Leadership in Tough Times

Stay Sharp — and Safe — While Covering Protests

Becoming a More Effective Writer (ThinkWell)

Virtual TV Power Reporting

Getting Practical About Conflict

Niche newsletters: Bouncing Back From the COVID-19 Engagement Slump

Kelly McBride

Inform, Soothe, Terrify? The Ethical Obligation of News During a Pandemic

Make Diversity a Priority During the Pandemic

Uncovering Stories from the 2020 Census

The Role of Jails in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Harness Crisis Analytics to Keep Growing Your Audience

COVID-19 Data Sources to Make Fact-Checking Easy

Leadership and Communication in the Coronavirus Era

Job-Hunting During a Pandemic

Newsroom Readiness Certificate

Kelly McBride

Newsroom Ethics in the Coronavirus Era

Clear, Strong Writing for Broadcast Journalism

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Powerful Writing: Leverage Your Video and Sound

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How to Effectively Teach Online

Poynter ACES Advanced Editing Certificate (Spring 2020)

Becoming a More Effective Writer (Spring 2020)

Write Your Heart Out: The Craft of the Personal Essay (January 2020)

ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar (Fall 2019)

Understanding Impeachment: A Guide for Journalists and Citizens

How to Avoid Being Sued: Defamation Law in the 21st Century

The Writing Process: 10 Steps for Coaching Writers

Investigating Jails

Table Stakes: Poynter’s Local News Innovation Program

How to Cover the Arts on Any Beat (Webinar)

Will Work for Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (Fall 2019)

Trusting News Webinar Series

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Copyright in 2019: The internet is not your photo archive

Building Successful News Partnerships

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PolitiFact’s Mueller Report Book Club Live

A Reporter’s Guide to Getting It Right

HIV in 2019: Stories Beyond a Medical Lens

Pay Attention: Legal Issues and Your Media Company

Curso práctico de verificación de hechos

Storytelling with Les Rose: Tips, Tricks and True Tales

Find Focus for Your Video Stories: A Poynter Tutorial

Dear Reader: Accomplish More With Your Newsletter

Conducting Interviews That Matter

Broadcast Writing: Write Like You Talk

Digital Tools to Improve Your Workweek

Choosing the Best Photos for the Story

How Newsrooms Can Use WhatsApp to Combat Fake News

Covering Jails: Addiction Behind Bars

The Flying Camera: Drone Photography Skills Webinar Series

Building Trust on Facebook

Will Work for Impact: Fundamentals of Investigative Journalism (Spring 2019)

How to Surface Stories in a Saturated Social Media Environment with Dataminr

Covering Immigration Enforcement

Journalism Fundamentals: Craft & Values

Taking the Reins: Growing into Your Role as an Editor

Journalism and Trauma

News Sense: Building Blocks Of News

News Sense: The Building Blocks of News

Hooked on Junk News: Breaking Bad Habits and Rebuilding Trust in the Media

Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age

The Interview

Hands-On Fact-Checking: A Short Course

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Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More

Ethics of Journalism

Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing

Five Motivators to Engage Viewers: A Poynter Tutorial

Planning and Executing Your Strategy: Digital Experiences That Drive Results, Part 5

Grow Audience Via Social Media: Digital Experiences That Drive Results, Part 4

Starting Your Own Site 101: Lessons from Local, Part 5

Craft Effective Direct Outreach Messages: Digital Experiences That Drive Results, Part 3

How Local and National Journalists Can Work Together to Cover Breaking News: Lessons from Local, Part 4

Reporting on Polls: Headlines, Margins of Error and Other Fundamentals

The Art of the Link: Why Hyperlinks Matter and How to Do Them Well

Improve Search Optimization: Digital Experiences That Drive Results, Part 2

We Can’t Do More with Less — Here’s How to Say No: Lessons from Local, Part 3

Writing and Editing with Lane DeGregory

Target and Engage Your Audience: Digital Experiences That Drive Results, Part 1

Digital Experiences That Drive Results: Strategies for Creating Compelling Content Series

Planning and Design for the Big Story

Secrets of a Successful Newsletter: Lessons from the Lily

Making Emotional Connections With Local Audiences Through Design

Wikipedia: What Journalists Need to Know About One of the World’s Largest Websites

Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online

How Newsrooms are Making (Some) Money That’s Not from Advertising: Lessons from Local, Part 2

Investigative Reporting: From Numbers to Narrative

Turning Journalism Students Into Visual Storytellers

Leveraging Your Visual Journalism Skills Within the Organization

The Rights and Limitations of a Journalist to Photograph and Record in Public

Five Small Things That Have Made a Big Difference in Local Newsrooms: Lessons from Local, Part 1

Covering Mass Shootings

Getting Off the Beaten Path: Opportunities for Journalists in Marketing

10 Keys to Improve Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Staff

Audience Analytics for Reporters

Covering the American Muslim Community: Ideas and Insights to Guide Your Reporting

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Writing with Voice and Structure with Lane DeGregory

Living Under the Volcano: What Every Journalist Needs to Know About the News Business

The Art of the Interview with Lane DeGregory

Cultivating Local News Communities with Facebook Groups

Sweat This, Not That: Real Rules vs. Grammar Myths

Reporting on the Cannabis Industry

Untangling the Weeds: Strategies for Substantive Editing

Freedom of Information and Your Right to Know

Avoiding Plagiarism and Fabrication

Poynter ACES Certificate in Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing

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Math and Numeracy Primer: How to Write About Numbers

A Creative Approach to Analytics

Investigative Reporting in the Wake of a Disaster

Where Do Good Story Ideas Come From with Lane DeGregory

Narrative Writing on Deadline

It’s All About the Voice: How to Make Your Writing Sing

Best Practices for Reporting on Mass Shootings

Copyright Law and Fair Use for Journalists

Telling Stories with Sound

Build Interactive Data Visualizations with Tableau Public: A Digital Tools Tutorial

Getting Beyond Stereotypes: Better Disability Journalism

How to Edit Marketing Materials with Savvy and Sense

Spotting the Red Flags: How to Verify Information

Understanding and Interpreting Polls

Understanding and Interpreting Polls (International)

Build and Monetize Reader Relationships with A Digital Tools Tutorial

Fact-Checking and Debunking: Covering Rumors, Hoaxes and Gossip

Curating Content: How to Aggregate Coverage

Slimming It Down: Cutting Content for Different Spaces

The Storyteller as an Investigator: How to Turn a Tip into an Investigation

Fundamentals of Editing

Clarity is Key: Making Writing Clean and Concise

The Art and Science of Editing

Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Creating Alternative Story Forms

The Secret of Making Complicated Facts Easy Reading

Writing for the Ear

Introduction to Reporting: Beat Basics

Writing Online Headlines: SEO and Beyond

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Start Your Video Story with a Strong Open: A Poynter Tutorial

Handling Race and Ethnicity

The Lead Lab

Democracy on Deadline: Take Your Coverage of U.S. Elections to the Next Level

Mining Stories from the 2020 Census

After the Texas Shooting: What Journalists Need to Know About Guns and Ammo

Lessons from Local: Innovation Strategies for Newsrooms Series

The Power of Public Records

The Power of Public Records

News Literacy Primer: How to Evaluate Information

Language Primer: Basics of Grammar, Punctuation and Word Use (Public Edition)

Poynter ACES Advanced Editing Certificate (Fall 2019)

Knight Foundation

Thank you to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its support of News University since the site’s founding in 2005. Poynter’s News University is one of the world’s most innovative online journalism and media training programs ever created. From multimedia techniques to writing and reporting, we’ve got free and low-cost courses. As the e-learning project of The Poynter Institute, NewsU extends Poynter’s mission as a school for journalists, future journalists, teachers of journalism and anyone interested in the craft and values of journalism.