With Poynter’s College Media Project, student media organizations will receive the support they need to elevate their journalism skills and generate impact on their campuses. This unique semester-long program — which is set to offer custom in-person workshops as well as regular online seminars and coaching on a major reporting project — can help student media programs realize their potential to play a critical role as community facilitators in the marketplace of ideas.
Apply today to be one of five college student media organizations in Poynter’s accelerator program. If selected, your student media organization will receive:
- $1,500 to spend on a reporting project or event that advances civil discourse on your campus.
- In-person, Poynter-led workshops focused on accountability reporting, editing and storytelling for your entire staff.
- Exclusive admission to a series of online training events throughout the academic year where you’ll hear from professionals, as well as from the other campuses about their experiences and projects.
- Training on the best techniques for watchdog reporting that holds the powerful accountable and establishes your campus media as a fair and trusted advocate for students.
- Insights into the tools of dialogue that model the search for mutual understanding and tolerance through reporting projects and real-life events.
Campus communities face an ongoing challenge: While they encourage students to engage with provocative ideas, they also strive to create an inclusive environment where all students feel welcome and safe. Student journalists want to serve their communities through traditional journalistic reporting, like fairly and responsibly covering protests, or investigating claims of sexual assault in their institutions. Often, they want to prove to their administration that they are worthy of respect and financing.
This program has provided the ethical guidelines and resources that help student journalists thrive in this environment. Since its inception in 2017, Poynter’s College Media Project has served a total of 32 student media groups.
In its pilot year, Poynter’s College Media Project supported the first-ever Blacktivism conference at Howard University; an expanded, impactful campus-wide debate at Virginia Tech; and an ongoing special project, “Voices of Iowa State.”
In Year 2, Poynter expanded the project to include nine student media organizations. Here are examples of the projects at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, University of Michigan and St. John’s University.
In Year 3, Poynter again expanded the program to coach 10 diverse and impressive publications as campuses shut down during the pandemic. Those students produced work that ranged from highlighting the Black experience on campus to examining a gravesite under campus to investigating their university’s funding structure.
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