The Poynter Institute for Media Studies was founded on the belief that excellent journalism, published independently, can help a community prosper and a democracy flourish. It is a global leader in journalism education and training for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in the 21st century.
Poynter trains reporters, broadcasters, documentarians, and storytellers to pursue excellence in media and public discourse. Its faculty of Pulitzer Prize and Edward R. Murrow award winners teach seminars and workshops at the Institute’s campus St. Petersburg, Fla. and virtually host e-courses, webinars, podcasts, and video tutorials. Poynter.org is the one of the world’s most-visited website for news about the news business, and its News University (www.newsu.org) hosts the world’s largest online journalism curriculum.
Poynter also owns the Tampa Bay Times, which operates Politifact, a pioneer in the growing movement of fact-checking, or verifying statements by public officials. Omidyar Network’s grant will enable Poynter to build an international community of fact-checkers and share best practices in accountability journalism through an annual global summit and online network. The practice of fact-checking has the potential to reduce misinformation and improve government accountability – in the words of Poynter’s founder, “to help maintain the integrity … of self-government.”