Poynter News University International Goes Live. How Cool is That?!


2:34 PM Jan. 07, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We've talked about this for a while. We picked our new server technology because it could do this. Finally, we have gone public with the first of our Poynter News University International efforts.

NewsU International is a partnership between The Poynter Institute and the International Center for Journalists. Together we'll customize NewsU's interactive, self-directed modules so that they are culturally and professionally relevant for international users.

Our first offerings include Persian courses on effective multimedia storytelling and understanding the language of images. We also are launching modules in Russian, thanks for a partnership with Transitions OnLine, a Prague-based training organization. For future courses, ICFJ and Poynter will continue to work with a variety of local partners and together seek funding for additional courses in languages such as Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. If you have a question or ideas or funding, please send us an e-mail to info(at)newsu.org.

As usual, these modules are for journalists, journalism students, educators, bloggers and anyone else interested in improving their media skills. As many of you know, we already have users in more than 200 countries.

The NewsU International partnership builds on NewsU's unparalleled online-learning expertise and ICFJ's global reach and vast experience in training journalists around the world.

Begun in 2005 with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Poynter's News University currently has more than 170,000 registered users, including 15 percent from outside North America.

For 26 years, ICFJ has worked directly with more than 65,000 journalists from 180 countries. ICFJ also runs the International Journalists' Network, IJNet, the premier global website for journalists and media managers to learn about training and networking opportunities.