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What is The Poynter Institute?

The Poynter Institute is a global leader in journalism. It is the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st century democracies. We train reporters, broadcasters, documentarians and storytellers to pursue excellence in media and public discourse. Our faculty of Pulitzer Prize and Edward R. Murrow award winners teach seminars both in-person at our campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. and virtually host e-courses, webinars and video tutorials. Poynter.org is one of the world's most visited websites for news about the news business and our e-learning site, News University, hosts one of the world's largest online journalism curricula.

What is NewsU?

Poynter's News University is one of the world's most innovative online journalism and media training programs ever created. From multimedia techniques to writing and reporting, we've got more than 400 free and affordable courses. As the e-learning project of The Poynter Institute, NewsU extends Poynter’s mission as a school for journalists, future journalists, teachers of journalism and anyone interested in the craft and values of storytelling.

Begun in 2005 with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Poynter's News University currently has more than 400,000 registered users, including a growing percentage from outside North America.

Who can benefit from being Poynter Prepared?

Anyone can benefit by being Poynter Prepared. If you want to learn new skills or improve on existing skills in writing and editing, you can benefit. We also have a variety of courses available in subjects such as design, graphics, typography, ethics, leadership, software and technical training.

What is the difference between the three levels?

Generally speaking, the higher the membership levels, the more you get. 

How do I check my profile to see my course status and information?

For answers to your questions regarding your course status for Poynter.org, email seminars@poynter.org. For courses from NewsU, go to NewsU.orgAfter logging in, click the “My NewsU” tab. 

Where can I find a list of all the classes that Poynter offers?

Click here to view all courses available from Poynter. To view NewsU e-learning courses click here.

What credit cards do you accept? Do you accept checks?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Amex credit cards. We also accept checks as payment.

Can I retake courses that I have already completed?

Absolutely! You may feel the need to take a Webinar or any of our courses another time to refresh your memory. Once you purchase the course, it is yours to retake as much as you like. However, though you can retake the Certificate Program self-directed courses as many times as you'd like, you can only retake the assessments three times.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, for specific learning opportunities. Check the course description page for info on whether scholarships are available.

How do I receive my NewsU promo codes?

Your promo codes will be sent to you via email after purchase.

Do I have to travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. to be trained?

No. Although there are great educational opportunities at the Institute, you can get a majority of our training right from your computer. Seminars that take place in St. Petersburg, Fla. are often available online as a live-stream.

Are there other training partnerships with Poynter and other journalism organizations or media companies?

Poynter also has created customized programs for over 20 organizations to meet strategic training needs. Its training partners include Google, Gannett, McClatchy, Journal Media, The Associated Press, National Geographic, Univision and the Institute of International Education's Fulbright Scholar program. For more information on training partnerships or custom training, click here.

Does the Poynter Prepared membership automatically renew or will I receive notification?

You will receive a reminder email 14 days before your membership expires. We will not automatically renew your membership without your permission.

What if I am not in the United States?

It does not matter what country you live in. Just make sure your system meets the minimum technical requirements that can be viewed at the bottom of each course page.

I’m a Poynter 365 Member, how do I arrange my coaching schedule and who can I receive coaching from?

Please email members@poynter.org or call us at (727) 821-9494 to schedule your coaching with a faculty member.

When and how do I get my badge?

Your digital badge will be sent to you the moment you sign up for one of our membership plans. You can then download it and post it on your LinkedIn, Facebook, or any other site you would like.

My company has a training partnership with Poynter. Does that make me a member?

No. Training partnerships are different from our membership program. 

I have been affiliated with Poynter in the past. How do I become a member?

While you are certainly an alum, this new program was created to benefit both past, present and future affiliates of Poynter. This requires you to sign up for membership on the membership page.

I registered, but I haven’t received my confirmation email

Please contact members@poynter.org or call us at (727) 821-9494 

What formats are available for my coaching sessions?

Personal coaching sessions are available through: Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts and via phone.

I am a journalism educator. Are group discounts available for my students or colleagues? 

Please contact members@poynter.org or call call us at (727) 821-9494 

I work in a big newsroom. How do I refer my colleagues?

In your profile, the "Refer a Friend" section can be used to enter the email address of anyone you want to refer to the membership program.

I’ve attended a Poynter seminar, Webinar or an event at Poynter. Does that make me a member?

Unfortunately, this does not make you a member, but we hope you enjoyed the course and would still like to join the Poynter family through our membership program. 

How often is Poynter training available to me?

Poynter training is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Poynter also adds new training to its course list frequently. Go here to view our upcoming courses.

How do I upgrade my membership?

Please contact members@poynter.org or call us at (727) 821-9494 

How can I unsubscribe from the newsletters?

Please email members@poynter.org and request to be unsubscribed or simply click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the latest newsletter.

Are there opportunities to train in St. Petersburg?

Go here to view our training opportunities at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. We can also create a private training for you and your team.

I have more questions. What should I do?

Contact us at members@poynter.org or call us at (727) 821-9494 for any additional questions.

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