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Poynter Institute to grow 'News University' platform with Knight Foundation funding

Published Jun. 28, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — The Poynter Institute said it will remake its "News University" platform with $758,000 in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, building a mobile-friendly version more responsive to the needs of its audiences.

Poynter owns Times Publishing Co., the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times.

The redesigned site will offer on-demand and mobile-tailored courses that will include the use of games, interactive hands-on practice and video. Poynter said it will also explore ways to integrate its News University with its news site,

Poynter also plans to expand its teaching to nonjournalists interested in learning more about writing, communication, leadership, critical thinking, audience development, social media and more.

"By connecting the dots of Poynter's expansive body of work to support excellence in journalism and democracy, Poynter will be the largest single resource for working journalists throughout their careers," said Tim Franklin, Poynter's president. "In today's complex and evolving digital landscape, the demand for continuing education has never been greater. This new platform will allow Poynter to continue its tradition of innovation in journalism education."


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