The Poynter College Media Project
Campus communities face an ongoing challenge: While they encourage students to engage with challenging ideas, they strive to create an inclusive environment where all students feel welcome and safe. On several campuses in the last year, though, protesters have shut down controversial speakers and hopes for civil discourse. When this happens, student media can play a critical role in building mutual understanding, facilitating community dialogue and sparking new conversations.
Apply today to be one of three college student media organizations to participate in this new leadership program to encourage campus journalists to embrace their role as community facilitators in the marketplace of ideas. If you’re selected, here’s what you’ll get:
- Up to $3,000 cash to spend on a reporting project or event that advances civil discourse on your campus
- A one-day, in-person reporting, editing and storytelling workshop for your entire staff
- Exclusive admission to six online training events throughout the academic year where you’ll hear from professional trainers, as well as from the other campuses about their projects
- Training on the best techniques for watchdog reporting that holds the powerful accountable and establishes your campus media as a fair and trusted advocate for students
- Insights into the tools of dialogue that model the search for mutual understanding and tolerance through reporting projects and real-life events
Poynter is carrying out this project in partnership with Associated Collegiate Press. Poynter’s project leader is Elissa Yancey, a former reporter and award-winning journalism educator at the University of Cincinnati.
If your student media organization is selected, here’s what you’ll learn:
- The best methods and tools to report on the big stories on your campus, using smart interviewing skills as well as data and public records
- The best ways to report on topics and then fairly and accurately reflect what you know
- Methods of encouraging civil public discourse, through your journalism and other events or projects
We can only accept three student media organizations for this innovative pilot project, so we encourage you to apply soon. The deadline is July 19, 2017. There is no application fee.
This program is designed for student media organizations that are independent — student editors make content decisions. We’re looking for staffs who are willing to cover the stories that matter most to their campus audiences. If your campus has a history of courting controversy, where students speak out or demonstrate against people or policies they disagree with, tell us about an example of that in the last two years. But that experience is not required to participate in this project.
Participation in this project is free, thanks to the support of the Charles Koch Foundation.