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Vicki Krueger

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    Above: A producer monitors the online conversation between Poynter faculty member Al Tompkins and interactive learning producer Vanessa Goodrum. Photo courtesy The Poynter Institute. Vicki Krueger is marketing communications manager at The Poynter Institute. She formerly was Poynter’s director of interactive learning, where she managed News University, the world’s largest journalism online learning platform. NewsU was launched in 2005 with funding from Knight Foundation. Today, Knight Foundation is announcing $758,000 in support to remake Poynter News University. In today’s disrupted media environment, journalism training matters more than ever. The demand—and the need—has never been greater. With new funding from Knight, The Poynter Institute will build upon our tradition of innovation in journalism education by reimagining what we do and how we do it. We will transform the ways media professionals, educators and everyone interested in journalism and storytelling grows their skills to meet the demands of a complex digital environment. Poynter’s e-learning platform reached a record 102,000 users in 2015. That’s in addition to the 1 million page views monthly at poynter.org, plus the tens of thousands who have attended Poynter in-person seminars and workshops. Faculty member Al Tompkins and interactive learning producer Vanessa Goodrum conduct a Poynter conversation on covering gun violence. Photo courtesy The Poynter Institute.  It’s time to rethink how Poynter can unleash the power of new platforms with new tools and new technologies. It’s time to expand our capacity to train journalists and to engage new audiences. It’s time to inspire innovation in mobile storytelling and audience engagement, as well as equip journalists to embrace forms of journalism that will evolve as technology moves us forward.
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    Vicki Krueger is director of interactive learning at The Poynter Institute, where she manages News University, an online journalism and media training program that launched in 2005 due to funding from Knight Foundation, which has provided substantial ongoing support. For a decade, journalists and the educators who teach aspiring ones have turned to Poynter’s News University to acquire the skills they need in an ever-changing digital media landscape. With funding from Knight Foundation, NewsU was created to offer journalism training to anyone, anytime, anywhere. NewsU now boasts more than 325,000 registered users in 200 countries and territories, 400 courses, 70 training partners and modules in seven languages. But it’s time to push further as disruption continues to reshape how people access and use information. As we look to our next 10 years, it’s time to rethink NewsU and how it can unleash the power of new platforms with new tools and new technologies. It’s time to expand NewsU’s capacity to help train journalists and others who share news and information worldwide. It’s time to create the next generation of e-learning in scalable, shareable and adaptable ways that reach a global audience.
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    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: