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The Poynter Institute and Turkish Media Association Launch Innovative

Journalism Training Program

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The

Poynter Institute (, the leading educator of

journalists worldwide, has announced it will partner with the Media

Association in Turkey ( and leading

journalists to develop a cutting-edge international initiative,

Poynter NewsU Turkiye.

The project is designed to provide training around journalistic skills

in an evolving digital media landscape using a combination of free

online courses and a certificate program through Poynter News

University, plus a fellowship program for Turkish journalists at The

Poynter Institute's campus in the United States.

In an age where online and mobile technologies are heavily disrupting

traditional journalism models, Poynter's international programs are

focused to grow under the leadership of Poynter's newly named

president, Tim Franklin. Poynter is spearheading several collaborative

programs focused on teaching journalists the skills and values needed

to create journalism for emerging democracies around the world.

In June, Poynter will convene the first Global Fact-Checking Summit in

London, which will bring together about 40 fact-checkers from places

like South Africa, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, India, Egypt, the

United States, South America and Eastern Europe. Last month, Poynter

led a series of workshops for journalists in India. Poynter also has a

strong working relationship with the European Journalism Centre,

including training for Indonesian journalists, which was completed in

the Fall of 2013.

"At this critical juncture, training for journalists has never been

more important," said Howard Finberg, Director of Business Development

for The Poynter Institute. "We are honored to work with the Media

Association to extend Poynter's mission for improving journalism

through this unparalleled initiative."

As part of this unique program, Poynter has created a NewsU Turkiye

area on its multilingual site, NewsU International. The free

Turkish-language courses join online modules in Arabic, Persian,

Russian and Spanish that have been developed for journalists,

journalism students, bloggers and everyone interested in improving

their media skills.

"In an age where Internet and mobile technologies are heavily

disrupting the traditional journalism models, this program will be a

unique opportunity for everyone who wants to improve their

journalistic skills," said Deniz ErgYrel, Secretary General of the

Turkish Media Association. "The Poynter Institute is one of the few

distinguished journalism institutions in the world, and their

expertise will be a valuable source for Turkish journalists."

The NewsU Turkiye "Improving Your Journalism" certificate is available

to anyone who wants to improve their journalism skills and it includes

these four free online courses:

-- Social Media: Strategies and Tools for News

-- Developing a Successful Journalistic Blog

-- Introduction to Investigative Reporting

-- Getting it Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age

The certificate is part of the Poynter Turkiye Journalism Fellowship

program, which will bring up to 20 Turkish journalists to The Poynter

Institute campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, for several days of

training in October. Full and partial scholarships are available for

journalists who wish to apply for the fellowship. To be eligible for

the fellowship, applicants must earn the "Improving Your Journalism"

certificate and complete an application about their current journalism

work by July 1, 2014.

The program is also part of Poynter's strategy to greatly expand its

training initiatives internationally. In June, Poynter will convene

the first Global Fact-Checking Summit in London. Last month, Poynter

led a series of workshops for journalists in India, Poynter also has a strong

working relationship with the European Journalism Centre, including a

project for Indonesian journalists.

Poynter NewsU Turkiye is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of

State and has been supported by the U.S. Mission to Turkey. It

represents part of an ongoing effort by the U.S. Mission to Turkey to

support a free and independent media/press whose responsibilities

include informing the public and providing platforms for open

discussion of issues of public interest.

To learn more about the program, go to

About The Poynter Institute The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is

an international leader in journalism education, and a strategy center

that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and

21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and

workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences

and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division,

News University,, offers the world's largest online

journalism curriculum, with more than 400 interactive courses and

290,000 students. The Institute's website,, produces

24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business

of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism

news reporting. The world's top journalists and media innovators come

to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters,

storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists,

documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness

about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse

that serves democracy and the public good.

About The Media Association The Media Association is a non-profit

organization that fosters, supports and directs elevation of the

standards of the media for a more democratic society. It advocates

freedom of expression, ethical values, diversity and honesty in the

media. It believes in democracy as well as universal human rights and

the rule of law.

CONTACT Howard Finberg, Director of Business Development The Poynter

Institute @hif

Deniz ErgYrel, Secretary General Turkish Media Association @denizergurel


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