GateHouse and Poynter worked together 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 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.”
“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.”
All GateHouse Media staff will have access to the training, which is available online through Poynter News University (www.newsu.org), the world’s largest journalism e-learning site. To receive a certificate, GateHouse staff must take a selection of NewsU courses and then successfully complete the assessment for each.