Training Tuesday is Here! Give Yourself the Gift of Training. Click for the Code

3:04 AM Nov. 29, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

Black Friday. Gone.

Cyber Monday. History.

Today, Nov. 29, 2011 is Training Tuesday. This is the day where you give yourself the gift of training. And Poynter NewsU is here to help by offering you a great, one-day only, opportunity to save big on all of your training purchases.

You get half off all of our Webinars, video tutorials and self-directed courses that have a fee. (This offer doesn't include seminars or packages for which we already offer discounts, such as training packages and the 2012 Social Media series or book packages.) You can purchase as many items as your shopping cart will hold. The more you buy, the more you save.

To take advantage of this limited-time offer, enter the promo code 2011BTUESDAY when you check out. It's good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 29. After that, the Training Tuesday savings are gone until next year.

Take care of yourself. Give yourself some Poynter NewsU training. What better way is there to celebrate the power of learning.

Digital Course Packs Launch. New Tool to Help Teachers Use NewsU

6:27 PM Aug. 26, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

As we work with our academic partners, we find new ways to help teachers in the classroom. And that means we also help students with their journalism education.

Our latest tool is something we are calling a "Digital Course Pack." Working with University of South Florida journalism professor Wayne Garcia, we created an assessment package for a series of self-directed courses. Garcia is using three different Digital Course Packs in three different classes this semester. The course packs are assigned, much like a textbook, and they count for 15 percent of a student's grade.

We see Digital Course Packs as an online supplement to in-class meetings and traditional texts. And while educators have always had the ability to use our self-directed modules as part of their teaching, Digital Course Packs provide additional critical features: tracking and assessments.

We assess the student's learning via multiple-choice quizzes and track other information such as time spent and number of log-ons. To keep track of all of this information we created a new feature on NewsU, the Instructor Dashboard. Here's a view of a student's activity on the dashboard.

We Launch Our 200K Countdown and Stories Project

9:52 AM Aug. 09, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

[From our e-mail newsletter]

From the beginning, we've counted on you to shape Poynter's News University. Your participation and feedback have made NewsU what it is today -- one of the world's most innovative journalism e-learning sites.

As we get ready to welcome our 200,000th registered user, we're counting on you once again: to tell your NewsU story. We want to know how NewsU has made you a better journalist, a better teacher, a better student or even a better news consumer.

Your Story Counts. Why? Because it helps us demonstrates the scope and impact of NewsU's offerings.

Help Us Build New Courses: Previews of 'Web Design' and 'Understanding Audiences'

6:53 PM May. 12, 2011 — by Vicki Krueger

We're always working on something new at Poynter's NewsU, but we don't want to work alone. So we're asking your help as we shape a couple of new courses about audiences: Functional Web Design for Today’s News Audiences and Understanding Audiences. We've developed these preview editions so you can share your ideas and training needs.

You Tell Us What Webinars You Want, We Give You 50% Discount. Sweet!

7:09 PM May. 09, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

We have had such fun with our first Webinar series the Poynter Writing Webinars that we thought about doing more topics. To figure out things, we are conducting another survey to help us get a sense of which topics matter to you and what Webinars we could do within these potential series.

100th Webinar Update: What Was Your Favorite Idea? [There are gifts!]

5:01 PM Feb. 18, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

Whether Wednesday's Webinar was your first or your 100th, thanks again for signing up for 100 Ideas to Make Your Journalism Better. The replay, with all the audio and video, is now available. You can watch as many times as you want to catch all the great ideas to make your journalism better.

Not only do we love training, we love sharing our training with others. Here's where you can help.

Training Ideas Related to Mideast Turmoil

8:13 PM Jan. 30, 2011 — by Howard Finberg

With the turmoil in Egypt and elsewhere, we want to remind the Poynter News University community and others, who might being covering aspects of this story, that we have a couple of free and very helpful training modules.

Reporting Global Issues Locally. Learn how to report global issues on a local level that is relevant to your hometown audience - even without a travel budget.

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.

Last Week to Redeem Our Training Gift, the Mobile Essential Tools Package

2:41 PM Dec. 28, 2010 — by Howard Finberg

We are coming to the end of our training gifts. Our final package is aimed at giving you training to help you produce engaging and interactive stories by taking advantage of the latest mobile and media tools.

Poynter's News University can show you how to do just that. With the last Training Tuesday special discount of the year, we’re offering 50 percent off our Mobile and Media Essential Tools Series. With this training package, you’ll learn the essentials of mobile news reporting and delivery.

Training Shopping Frenzy? Not at NewsU. We're Here to Help

4:14 PM Dec. 21, 2010 — by Howard Finberg

We are almost finished with our special holiday training gifts. With video being so important -- and perhaps you'll receive a video camera -- there's no better way to learn the best video storytelling techniques than to listen to the professionals who do it every day.

That’s why as our holiday gift to you, we’re offering our Video Storytelling Workshop: 2010 Package for half off.

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