How You Can Support the Future of Journalism — and Poynter

“We can’t have democracy, as we know it,
without a free press and that’s why
Poynter is so important.”

- Bob Schieffer
Recipient of Poynter’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement

In a year filled with extraordinary news and accelerating transformation of the media industry, Poynter’s role in elevating journalism and the people it serves has never been more critical.

In 2016, the Institute made major investments in the ways we reach and teach journalists, at the same time we reduced overall expenses to focus on the things that make a real difference. We kicked off the year with a mobile-friendly, redesigned Poynter.org that’s boosted our number of unique readers by 23 percent. In June, we began the reinvention of our global e-learning platform, News University, which will culminate in 2017 with a redesigned digital presence that integrates our teaching, thought leadership, news and analysis in new ways to engage new audiences.

Our teaching addressed timely issues facing our nation and the world. Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network has grown to 112 active organizations around the world, and our annual Global Fact-Checking Summit drew more than 110 participants to Buenos Aires. Poynter faculty led topical seminars to help journalists cover major stories such as the opioid crisis, police-involved shootings and income inequality. We provided thought leadership through programs like our audience engagement summit, Digital Design Challenge, Media Innovations Tour and Leadership Academies for Women and Diversity in Digital Media. We organized important and high-visibility events, such as a Pulitzer Prize Centennial focused on journalism that advances social justice, and community conversations with media luminaries like Kathleen Parker, Dan Rather and Marty Baron. Our annual Bowtie Ball in December honors Tom Brokaw with the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.

As media organizations tackle the seismic changes in newsgathering, distribution and business models, the Institute serves as their guide with insightful analysis and in-depth training. Since 2014, we have forged training partnerships with more than 45 major media and educational organizations, including Gannett, McClatchy, NBC Universal, NPR, National Geographic, GateHouse and Univision. I’m now in my third year at Poynter, and I’m inspired by the global impact of this organization. We treasure the trust that media organizations and journalists place in us, and we hope you share it.

Please consider a gift to the Institute to advance journalism and democracy during this age of profound change. Your support makes a huge difference.

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Happy Holidays,
Tim Franklin
 President