Knight supports The Poynter Institute's NewsU to enhance journalists' digital skills. Here Vicki Krueger, its director of Interactive Learning, highlights some of its accomplishments. Above: Ellyn Angelotti, faculty, Digital Trends and Social Media; and Howard Finberg, director of Training Partnerships, Alliances and Founding Director of Poynter News University. Photo Credit: Jim Stem.
With more than 275 training modules and users in more than 200 countries, Poynter News University has achieved a global impact that wasn't anticipated when the e-learning site launched in 2005. NewsU has become the world's largest e-learning site devoted to journalism skills training.
Thanks to support from Knight Foundation, Poynter was an early adopter of e-learning. NewsU has stayed at the forefront of online training as education moves into the era of the Massive Online Open Course movement, including such projects as Coursera. NewsU, with more than 225,000 registered users is a leader in innovative e-learning.
"NewsU is an anchor for professional development in a turbulent training environment," said Dr. Karen Brown Dunlap, president of The Poynter Institute. "It serves individuals and organizations, practicing journalists and the future of journalism by reaching educators and students. It also serves the public in ways we never imagined. It helps citizens better understand the purposes and practices of journalism and it teaches the skills of journalism to communicators globally."
In addition to core writing, editing and reporting courses, hallmarks of Poynter's training, NewsU has been at the forefront of teaching journalism skills in the digital age, including mobile apps, Twitter, Facebook, SEO and more. In November, NewsU will conclude a Webinar series on social media skills.
Other recent curriculum initiatives include entrepreneurship, news literacy and media leadership, including these self-directed courses: