NewsU Recommended Training

Poynter's News University extends the Poynter Institute's mission as a school for journalists, future journalists, teachers of journalism and anyone interested in the craft and values of the field.

Below are NewsU courses for journalists who are new to the practice or anyone interested in journalism. The courses are FREE unless marked otherwise.


  • News Sense: The Building Blocks of News
    News Sense explores the basic building blocks of news stories. You’ll examine the who, what, when, where, why and how of events and see how the answers to those questions shape news coverage. You’ll get a chance to apply what you’ve learned through interactive games and quizzes throughout the course.
  • The Interview
    This module will teach you what you need to know about being a better interviewer and allow you to put those lessons into practice as you learn. With the aid of a virtual coach and a typical encounter with a not entirely forthcoming source, you'll have the chance to see firsthand how the kinds of questions you pose can stop or start an effective interview.
  • Introduction to Reporting: Beat Basics
    This course will help you identify the key issues and sources on your beat, learn how to determine what’s included in your beat and develop the resources to focus your coverage. This course will help you confidently approach reporting and writing the first stories off your new beat.
  • Journalism Fundamentals: Craft and Values
    In this course, you'll learn the foundational concepts for reporting, writing, editing and producing multimedia. You'll also gain insight into how journalists think and make editorial decisions.
  • The Lead Lab
    The lead of a story makes a promise to the reader of good things to come. Do you deliver on that promise every time you write a lead? Have you ever wondered how to craft better leads? This course is here to help.
  • Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More
    Mistakes in grammar, spelling and style are like coffee stains on a shirt. Readers notice. And those mistakes will eat away at your credibility as a journalist. This self-directed course will help you understand the basics of grammar, spelling, punctuation and AP style.
  • Lousy Listeners: How to Avoid Being One
    When you’re a better listener, you’re a better journalist and a better leader in the newsroom. In this course, you learn how to break bad listening habits and what can make a good listener even better. You can even take a self-assessment to determine how good a listener you are.
  • Ethics of Journalism
    This course is designed to give you the techniques and tools you need to confront complex and complicated ethical issues, make difficult decisions and support those decisions with clear and rational thought.
  • Handling Race and Ethnicity
    The question of whether and how to include racial and ethnic descriptions in news stories is one of the most debated and least understood topics of journalism. In this course, you’ll examine your own assumptions about race and ethnicity. You’ll learn how to discuss the issue with awareness, skill, care, thoughtfulness and critical thinking.  

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