The Poynter Institute Names Jan Winburn as Editing Fellow

Mar 29, 2012, 09:00 ET from The Poynter Institute

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Poynter, a school dedicated to teaching practitioners and teachers of journalism, has named CNN Digital's Jan Winburn as a new Editing Fellow. As a Fellow, Winburn will continue her work at CNN Digital while teaching, reporting, writing, and editing for the institute in seminars, conferences, and via Poynter's News University.

Winburn is senior editor for enterprise at CNN Digital, where she is bringing longform storytelling to a brand known for breaking news. Before becoming an online journalist in 2009, she spent 30 years as an editor and writing coach at newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Winburn brings to the Institute her vast experience as an editor and her prodigious gifts as a teacher," said Stephen Buckley, Poynter's Dean of Faculty. "She is an ambitious thinker whose skills as an editor are matched by her ability to explain what she does in clear and compelling ways.  We're thrilled to be working with her."

Among the many national awards Winburn's writers have won are the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing, and the ASNE Award for Non-Deadline Writing. She was named a Times-Mirror Journalist of the Year in 1997 for improving writing at The Sun. The Dart Society recognized her career work with its 2009 Mimi Award given to editors "who encourage journalistic excellence."

Winburn has taught writing workshops all over the United States and abroad. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the author of "Shop Talk and War Stories: Journalists Examine Their Profession."

Other Poynter Fellows include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jacqui Banazynski and Tom French. Longtime editor Gregory Favre serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Journalism Values, and in 2011, Poynter named online reporter and editor Jeff Sonderman as Digital Media Fellow.

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Founded in 1975 in St. Petersburg, Fla., The Poynter Institute is one of the nation's top schools for professional journalists and news media leaders, as well as future journalists and journalism teachers. Poynter offers training throughout the year in the areas of online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism. Poynter's News University ( offers journalism training to the public through more than 200 interactive modules and other forms of e-learning. It has more than 200,000 registered users in 225 countries. Poynter's Web site, ( is the dominant provider of journalism news, with a focus on business analysis and the opportunities and implications of technology.

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