Logo of the Poynter Institute
|Motto||Democracy needs journalism. Journalism needs Poynter.|
|Established||May 29, 1975|
|Type||School of Journalism|
The school began on May 29, 1975, when Nelson Poynter, the owner and chairman of the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) and Times Publishing Company, announced that he planned to start a small journalism school called the Modern Media Institute. (The name of the school was changed to the Poynter Institute almost a decade later.)
In 1977, Nelson Poynter willed ownership of the Times Publishing Company to the Institute so that after his death the school would become the owner of the St. Petersburg Times. Poynter died on June 15, 1978, at the age of 74. He had become ill in his office just a few hours after he helped break ground for the new St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida.
At that point the Institute began to grow into the larger school that exists today. The current building and campus officially opened in December 1985.
News University, or NewsU, is a project of the Poynter Institute, offering newsroom training to journalists and journalism students through its interactive e-learning program and links to other journalist training opportunities. The program is a partnership between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Poynter Institute. Launched in April 2005, NewsU offers free self-directed courses, live "Webinars", and group online seminars.
The Kelly McBride incident
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In March 2013, the Poynter Institute had national exposure when their representative Kelly McBride, in a televised panel discussion on Josh Zepps’ program on HuffPost Live, appeared to defend the behaviors of the convicted felons in the Steubenville High School rape case.
Other than publishing a column by McBride that condemns the public outcry against CNN’s alleged insensitivity in reporting on the rape case, the Poynter Institute has made no comment explaining McBride’s comments on the HuffPost Live program.
- "Poynter.About Us: Our People". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- "About Poynter's News University". News University. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
- Martínez, Alejandro. "Netizens call on CNN to apologize for sympathetic coverage of teenagers found guilty of rape". Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, UT Austin. Journalism in the Americas Blog. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Kopp, Craig (25 March 2013). "More Media Fallout in the Steubenville Rape Case". WUSF. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Wemple, Erik (21 March 2013). "CNN, speak up on Steubenville". The Washington Post. Erik Wemple (blog). Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- McBride, Kelly (20 March 2013). "Why railing against CNN for the Steubenville coverage is a waste of time". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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