POYNTER INSTITUTE WAIVES FEES IN HARD TIMES

By: Staff Reports

Non-profit Journalism School Offers Free Training


As news organizations tighten their belts, the Poynter Institute
announced Tuesday it will waive the fee for its professional
seminars scheduled to take place from June 1 through the end of
2001.

In response to several scheduled participants citing budget
cutbacks as the reason for canceling, Poynter President James M.
Naughton said that now news organizations will only have to cover
travel expenses and some meals. The fees ranged between $300 for
shorter programs and $400 for five-day programs.

“We appreciate the hardships being imposed on newsroom budgets,”
said Naughton. “And we understand that news executives in such
circumstances cannot give training priority over spending on
coverage.”

Naughton said that training is especially valuable during high-
stress times in newsrooms because it offers help to journalists
when they most need it.

The Poynter Institute is a non-profit school for journalists in
St. Petersburg, Fla.



Copyright 2001, Editor & Publisher.

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