By DAVID FURONES
Countless journalism professors throughout the nation’s most esteemed universities are searching for new and more diverse ways to instill the fundamentals of the craft in their students. I’m going to introduce you to a website that a former professor had our class use.
Poynter’s News University, otherwise known as NewsU, offers a great number of lessons and lectures on essentially anything related to journalism. According to the site, “Poynter’s News University is one of the world’s most innovative online journalism and media training programs. We are open to journalists, bloggers, freelance writers, journalism students. Anyone who wants to improve their journalism-based skills.”
It can be utilized by virtually anyone that’s simply interested in improving their writing and reporting skills, but it is probably most useful and relevant if an entire class is completing these online courses as assignments done weekly with a professor scheduling when to complete which courses. This was the predominant approach our class took to this site two semesters ago when we participated in NewsU’s self-directed courses, but the NewsU site also grants users the ability to host group seminars and Webinars.
The quick online courses available on NewsU, which usually require approximately a mere 30 minutes to an hour for completion, are presented with an interactive emphasis with the user. They’ll present a text to read or video to watch and follow it with some sort of exercise to reinforce the lesson. The courses range from a number of subjects including writing, reporting, beat coverage, multimedia techniques, interviewing strategies, and much more.