About Poynter's News University


Poynter's News University is one of the world's most innovative online journalism and media training programs ever created. From multimedia techniques to writing and reporting, we've got more than 300 free and low-cost courses. As the e-learning project of The Poynter Institute, NewsU extends Poynter’s mission as a school for journalists, future journalists, teachers of journalism and anyone interested in the craft and values of journalism.

Begun in 2005 with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Poynter's News University currently has more than 350,000 registered users, including a growing percentage from outside North America.

Mission Statement of The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute is dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter's belief in the value of independent journalism in the public interest. For more, visit www.poynter.org.

Poynter News University (Newsu.org) Terms & Conditions

The NewsU website is owned and managed by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc. (“Poynter”) and as a user you are granted a non-exclusive, revocable license to access NewsU under its terms and conditions of use. Your use of NewsU constitutes your agreement to the following terms and conditions of use. Poynter may terminate your use of NewsU if you are in breach of these terms and conditions or if Poynter decides to terminate your license for whatever reason.

All materials contained on NewsU are produced or developed by Poynter or Poynter’s employees, representatives, agents or contractors and are owned exclusively by Poynter (“Project Materials”). Poynter retains all intellectual property right, title and interest in the Project Materials, including software, design, tools, course materials and Service Components related to its e-learning platform and its existing course modules.

You understand and agree that you have been given a unique login for your use only and you will not let anyone else use your login to access the NewsU website or the content on the site, which is the property of Poynter. You acknowledge Poynter owns and controls all content on the NewsU site, and you may not download, modify, publish, transmit or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, link, display, or in any way exploit any of the Project Materials, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in these terms and conditions or with the prior written consent of Poynter. You may not use electronic or other means to extract details or information about Poynter’s Project Materials, users or contributors in order to offer them any services or products which compete directly or indirectly with Poynter services and products.

Disclaimer

Poynter makes no representations about the information contained in the documents, audio, video and related graphics published on NewsU for any purpose. All such documents, audio, video and related graphics are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. Poynter hereby disclaims all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. In no event shall Poynter be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of information available from NewsU.

Privacy Policy

Poynter endeavors to limit the collection of “Personal Information” to what we need to perform optimal services to our clients and to make informed decisions to improve our educational programs and other products. We collect Personal Information, which may include, but is not limited to, your name, contact information, gender, date of birth, and occupation. Such information is collected when you sign up for a user account.

Poynter does not currently collect financial information from you, other than information entered on the system to make payments. Nevertheless, Poynter does not save this information. Further, Poynter does not currently share your information with third parties. Rather, Poynter maintains information within the organization for use by Poynter to improve products and customer service.

Comments or other information posted by you on our forums, discussion threads or other areas of Poynter sites designed for public communications or communications among class members, or forum members may be viewed and downloaded by others who visit the sites. For this reason, we encourage you to use discretion when deciding whether to post any information that can be used to identify you to those forums. Furthermore, anything you post in discussion threads on Poynter sites should be considered public information over which you do not have an expectation of privacy. Poynter encourages all participants in discussion threads, emails, chats, or social media posts to adhere to a high level of professionalism.

Our goal is to provide current and future visitors with the best possible educational experience. To that end, we strive to personalize the experience to the individual learner, to evaluate the effectiveness of our course materials, to improve our understanding of the learning process and to otherwise improve the effectiveness of our courses.
From time to time we review and may make changes to this Privacy Policy. When changes are made, the new Privacy Policy will be distributed to users, and will be effective immediately. By accessing the site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement on a prospective basis to the modified Privacy Policy and any changes contained therein. In case you miss the notification referenced above, be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of this Privacy Policy.

If you have any privacy concerns or questions, please email info@newsu.org.