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  • Poynter Names Five New Members to National Advisory Board

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 23, 2014) – Poynter, a global leader in journalism, is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to serve on its National Advisory Board (NAB). The new board members bring a breadth of expertise as media executives, digital journalists, academic leaders and award-winning reporters. They will help guide Poynter’s strategic direction across all areas, including digital innovation, thought leadership and academic expansion efforts. Each of them will begin their two year term in January 2015.

  • Poynter Announces Private Support for Groundbreaking New Initiatives to Advance Community Engagement, Innovation and Journalistic Excellence

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 16, 2014) – The Poynter Institute is announcing private funding support for three major initiatives that will support its new strategic direction in several areas: to build and share thought leadership with the community, to ignite innovation and to promote and advance women in journalism leadership and media innovation.

    Among the initiatives will be The Frank E. Duckwall Foundation Community Conversations @ Poynter, created with collaborative support from the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation.

  • Award-winning Journalistic Innovator Mitra Kalita Joins Poynter as Adjunct

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 2, 2014) – Mitra Kalita, one of the nation’s leading digital innovators and current Quartz ideas editor, is joining The Poynter Institute’s adjunct faculty.

    Kalita, who was named one of Folio’s Top 100 Women in Media for 2014, is also an author, a senior manager for three startups and is a frequent lecturer on digital storytelling.

    Prior to her current position as Quartz ideas editor, she managed The Wall Street Journal’s reporting on the Great Recession.

  • Poynter and Arizona State Pioneer Certificate Program for Adjunct Faculty

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 20, 2014) – The Poynter Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will launch an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communications classes at universities and colleges around the country.

  • How Parents Can Turn Tragedy into Teachable Moments Using the Internet

    By Dr. Amy Richards Franzini, associate professor and director of communication studies at Widener University

    Plane crashes, school shootings, kidnappings – if you spend any time online, you will hear about these tragedies. News websites cover them incessantly and instantaneously, and people comment on them constantly on social media sites.

  • Poynter Gathers Media and Thought Leaders to Explore 25 Years of News on the Web

    Journalism and the Web@25 panel reflects the past, evaluates the present and examines the future

    NEW YORK CITY (July 30, 2014) – The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, held “Journalism and the Web@25: Lessons in Disruption, Evolution and Endurance” hosted at the Ford Foundation on July 29.

  • The Internet’s Impact on Mental Health

    By Sanjay Nath, Director of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University.

    Nearly half of the American population will carry a diagnosable mental disorder at some point during their lifetime, with most of these difficulties beginning in childhood or adolescence.

  • Sparking Social Interaction through Social Media News Platforms

    By Angela M. Corbo, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Widener University.

    Breaking news reaches the news-consuming audience within moments. The tragic fate of Flight MH17 made smartphones buzz instantaneously as push notifications informed subscribers of this horrific event.

  • Two national ethicists team up on Everyday Ethics Podcast

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 28, 2014) - Poynter Institute media ethicist Kelly McBride and medical ethicist Art Caplan this week launched the twice-weekly podcast Everyday Ethics, where they will explore the moral dimensions of the serious and not-so-serious issues that pervade our daily lives. They’ve already discussed whether children should be allowed to play football, whether school dress codes are fair and if Chris Christie is a bully. Their most recent efforts provocatively examine the value of Wikipedia, the morality of using Redskins as a nickname and whether Dr.

  • Mentors, supporters can change the lives of middle school boys in Poynter's Write Field program

    Now in its fourth year, the Write Field is an innovative mentoring and academic enrichment program for middle school Hispanic and African-American boys. Just ask Marti Zeitz, who credits the program for making her grandson/son a better student and more motivated young man.

    “I want to say that the Write Field Program has had a very positive impact on my son and our family. As a single mother of an African American male we need all the community support we can find.