Educational Institutions

Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc.

  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • http://www.poynter.org

Mission Statement

Poynter exists to help good journalists get better.

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.

As publisher of the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, Nelson Poynter insisted on excellence, editorial integrity, and independent ownership. Poynter believed that journalists have a responsibility to continually hone their skills, for the betterment of journalism and the communities they serve. He demanded excellence in every facet of journalism.

His concern for editorial independence and academic excellence came together in 1975 with the creation of the Modern Media Institute, a non-profit school for journalists.

Poynter willed the controlling stock of his newspaper company to the Institute to assure the newspaper's continued independence after his death, and to commit the publishing company's dividends to elevating the standards of journalism through training and research.

After his death in 1978, the Institute was renamed The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and consolidated ownership of the St. Petersburg Times -- now called the Tampa Bay Times -- and its affiliates, Congressional Quarterly, and Governing and Florida Trend magazines.

The Poynter Institute operates primarily from its St. Petersburg, Fla., campus with a full-time faculty, an e-learning division called News University (NewsU.org) and a news site (Poynter.org). We also teach in newsrooms, companies and conferences around the world.

Our goal at Poynter is simple: To provide journalists with everything they need to achieve excellence and thus to continue the life's work of Nelson Poynter.

Main Programs

  1. Journalism Education
  2. Leadership
  3. Custom Corporate Teaching
  4. Student and Teacher Programs
Service Areas

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Florida

Poynter teaches more than 100,000 people a year from all over the world through in-person workshops and events as well as e-learning.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 2014

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Tim Franklin

Keywords

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Journalism, Education

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Also Known As

Poynter

EIN

59-1630423

 Number

1850074986

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Journalism Education

Workshops and e-learning to help reporters, editors, teachers and professors, students and the public learn the craft and values of journalism. We also produce a news site with coverage of the issues and trends in journalism.

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Education

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Adults

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Program 2

Leadership

We teach leadership skills to guide newsroom leaders through the dramatic changes under way in the news business. Through 360-degree evaluations ("ViewPoynts") and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (TM), we help leaders inside and outside of newsrooms get the most from themselves and their teams.

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Education

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Adults

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Program 3

Custom Corporate Teaching

We work with news organizations, government groups and other corporate clients to meet their training needs around writing, reporting, editing, social media, leadership, ethics, video, digital storytelling, the economics of the news business, and more.

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Education

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Adults

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Program 4

Student and Teacher Programs

Our Write Field program teaches writing, public speaking and confidence to middle school African-American boys in St. Petersburg. Our summer High School Journalism Program teaches the craft and values of journalism to high school students in Tampa Bay. Our Summer Language Arts Institute teaches Tampa Bay teachers how to teach writing.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Service Areas

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Florida

Poynter teaches more than 100,000 people a year from all over the world through in-person workshops and events as well as e-learning.

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THE POYNTER INSTITUTE FOR MEDIA STUDIES INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Tim Franklin

BIO

Tim Franklin, a nationally recognized editor and educator, is the president of The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism. Franklin joined Poynter in February 2014, after serving as managing editor of Bloomberg News in Washington. Previously, he was the editor of three metropolitan newspapers, and he was the founding director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University. Franklin is only the fifth president of Poynter since it was founded in 1975. He succeeded Karen Dunlap, who retired after a decade as president.

Franklin graduated from Indiana University, where he edited the daily student newspaper and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as the top college journalism student in the country. He was named an Indiana University School of Journalism Distinguished Alum in 2012, an award that recognizes the profession's leaders. He started his career at the Chicago Tribune, where he was an award-winning reporter who covered Cook County government, City Hall and the Illinois Statehouse. He eventually became an associate managing editor overseeing the Tribune's sports and business sections. He was the top editor at the Indianapolis Star, the Orlando Sentinel and the Baltimore Sun, where his newsrooms won numerous national awards. The Sun was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Most recently, he helped direct daily news coverage from Bloomberg's bureau in Washington, which has some 200 journalists. Between the newspapers and Bloomberg, Franklin launched the nation's leading academic program for sports media students at Indiana University. Under Franklin's direction, the center established partnerships with the nation's two largest sports media organizations. And IU became the first school in the nation to offer a graduate degree program in sports journalism.

Franklin has twice served as a jurist for the Pulitzer Prize. He co-chaired the American Society of News Editors Freedom of Information Committee for five years, and served on its board of directors from 2009-2010. He's a member of the national advisory boards of the Elon University School of Communications, the National Sports Journalism Center and the Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies. Franklin also is on the boards of the Times Publishing Inc., the Florida Society of News Editors, and the St. Petersburg Innovation District.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paul C. Tash

Tampa Bay Times

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