The Poynter Institute and GateHouse Media, LLC Launch Customized Training Initiative

Global leader in journalism joins forces with leading newspaper publisher to create innovative professional development program

Jan 21, 2016, 10:00 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, announced it will work with GateHouse Media, LLC, publisher of more newspapers than any company in the nation, on a 2016 training certificate program for company journalists.

Poynter worked closely with GateHouse to create detailed professional development programs, targeting specific journalism skills. The 2016 certificate programs will focus on digital newsgathering, social media and newsroom leadership skills. The courses will include online instruction from Poynter digital innovation faculty member Katie Hawkins-Gaar and industry experts such as three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter David Barstow

"We're honored, indeed, that GateHouse chose Poynter to help the company meet its strategic goals around journalism training," said Poynter President Tim Franklin. "The program is specifically tailored for GateHouse staff to give their journalists the tools they need to make GateHouse publications even more relevant in the digital age."

"We're thrilled that our journalists will receive this world-class training from Poynter," said David Arkin, Senior Vice President of Content & Product Development for GateHouse Media. "We expect this training will further our newsrooms' knowledge of emerging digital and social tools, reinforce our commitment to in-depth and enterprise journalism, and strengthen our newsroom leadership."

All GateHouse staff will have access to the training, which is available online through Poynter News University (, the world's largest journalism e-learning site. Poynter NewsU's Certificate of Proficiency program, launched in 2010, is designed to measure an individual's knowledge of the industry's essential skills and best practices. To receive a certificate, GateHouse staff must take a selection of NewsU courses and then successfully complete the assessment for each.

More than 20 media companies and journalism organizations have partnered with Poynter in recent months for their training needs. Those partners include Google, Gannett, McClatchy, Univision, The Associated Press, National Geographic, American Society of Business Publication Editors and the Institute of International Education's Fulbright Scholar program.

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,, 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,, 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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