Poynter Institute Names Clark Bell, Longtime Journalism Program Director for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, as an Adviser

Bell will help shape some of the institute's critical teaching initiatives to strengthen journalism in democracies around the world

Jan 15, 2016, 10:44 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, has recruited Clark Bell, the longtime Journalism Program Director for one of America's largest foundations, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in Chicago, as an adviser.

Bell will work with Poynter on a contract basis to help shape some of the institute's most ambitious teaching projects around the country and the globe. He will work closely with Poynter's senior leadership and Grants Manager Wendy Wallace on some of the institute's most timely and critical teaching initiatives that help journalists in democracies around the world.

"Through his incredible work at the McCormick Foundation, Clark is respected and admired by news executives and journalism educators across the country," said Poynter President Tim Franklin. "Clark has gained a unique understanding of the needs and challenges that exist now in newsrooms and classrooms, and he knows from experience how to create programs with real impact. Poynter is fortunate, indeed, to have someone like Clark engaged in our important work."

Bell is retiring from the McCormick Foundation where he held the Journalism Program Director role since 2005, managing an annual grantmaking budget of nearly $6 million. His foundation experience, coupled with an extensive background in journalism, makes him uniquely suited to offer significant contributions to Poynter's mission to be the world's leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st century democracies.

Bell received the 2015 Gerald Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

"I hope to add insight and identify opportunities for Poynter to expand on its well-deserved reputation as the nation's premier journalism education organization," said Bell.

About The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global 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 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 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.

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