Poynter to Expand NewsU Site, via Knight Grant

By: E&P Staff

The Poynter Institute will use a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the Knight Foundation to expand its journalism education Web site, NewsU.

Under the plan, NewsU will expand in four areas: Enhancing the skills and digital abilities of journalists; finding new ways to teach and inspire journalists as well as those without access to formal journalism training; increasing news literacy; and using the Internet to deliver training in innovative and effective ways.

In accomplishing these goals, NewsU plans to offer new courses to help journalists and others make the transition to a digital world, shift its current content management system to a Web 2.0 platform, deliver course content in multiple languages, and create e-learning modules on news literacy for the general public.

NewsU was launched in 2005 with the help of a previous grant from the Knight Foundation. It has since partnered with 25 journalism organizations and developed 65 interactive learning modules. “This second Knight grant is a major vote of confidence in the work of our
faculty and staff, our partners and our diverse and expansive user base,”
Karen Dunlap, president of The Poynter Institute, said in a statement.

“New technology is transforming journalism,” added Gary Kebbel, Director of Journalism programs at Knight Foundation. “Journalism education cannot meet the training needs of today’s journalist without using that same technology. We hope this grant helps anyone learn to use new platforms to pursue the fair, accurate, contextual search for truth.”

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