ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- College media students and their advisers can begin receiving discounted access to online journalism training via The Poynter Institute's e-learning site, News University (http://www.newsu.org), as an additional membership benefit from Associated Collegiate Press.
Members of ACP will be granted access to specific online courses, training packages and certificate programs on NewsU at a significant discount as a result of the alliance and as part of this three-year initiative, which launches today. Details can be found at ACP's website.
In exchange, Poynter's curriculum will strengthen the foundation for journalistic excellence among "the best and brightest students about to embark on professional journalism careers," according to Howard Finberg, director of business development at Poynter.
"The courses and certificate programs will provide new opportunities for students to supplement their on-campus scholarship and to round out their resumes," Finberg added. "Advisers will benefit from greater opportunities to gain discounts to vital resources, exchange curriculum ideas and strengthen their networks."
Poynter's NewsU has always had a strong connection to college journalism, with more than 20 percent of its registered users journalism educators or students.
The partnership also extends online resources to student-directed news and media organizations in underserved communities.
"We encourage college journalists and their advisers to help lead the media and technology revolution. Together, ACP and NewsU promote excellence and integrity in the practice of journalism and in the practical leadership of successful businesses," said ACP Executive Director Diana Mitsu Klos.
"This new partnership is a milestone. By teaming with NewsU, ACP members and their advisers have greater access to what are widely recognized as among the world's most innovative online journalism and media training programs," Klos said.
The alliance stands to benefit thousands of students who are staffers at ACP's member publications, which include online/digital news organizations, newspapers, yearbooks, magazines and broadcast operations.
"Our members are in the vanguard of shaping 21st century journalism and this is precisely the type of forward-looking, inclusive partnership that we are proud to be part of," said Albert Tims, Ph.D., president of the ACP board of directors and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.
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 in 6 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 290,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. 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 Associated Collegiate Press
Based in Minneapolis, ACP is the largest and oldest national membership organization for college student journalists. Founded in 1921, ACP is steadfast in its mission to serve student media and advisers, introduce new ideas and reinforce best practices, reward excellence, embrace diversity, and provide ample networking and partnership opportunities. ACP members include about 1,000 online/digital news organizations, newspapers, yearbooks, magazines and broadcast programs.
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