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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 (www.poynter.org), the leading educator of
journalists worldwide, has announced it will partner with the Media
Association in Turkey (http://www.medyadernegi.org/en/) 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,
http://www.poynterevents.org/poynter-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, www.newsu.org, offers the world's largest online
journalism curriculum, with more than 400 interactive courses and
290,000 students. The Institute's website, www.poynter.org, 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 email@example.com @hif
Deniz ErgYrel, Secretary General Turkish Media Association
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