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Poynter President Tim Franklin resigns for role at Medill School of Journalism

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Poynter Institute President Tim Franklin is resigning to become senior associate dean at the Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing at Northwestern University. Franklin joined the St. Petersburg-based nonprofit journalistic foundation in 2014, leading “a financial turnaround at the Institute and adapted Poynter’s business to the changing industry,” according to the news release. Franklin’s career includes a stint at the Chicago Tribune before becoming the top editor at The Indianapolis Star, Orlando Sentinel and The Baltimore Sun. Franklin…

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In St. Petersburg, Dan Rather says it’s ‘gut-check time’ for the press in the Trump era

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Count Dan Rather as among those political commentators who describe the rise of Donald Trump as being part of the “post-truth” political era. “What I mean by that is that heretofore it’s been taken as a given and was a fact that truth counted for something,” the iconic reporter/news anchor told a packed audience last Friday night at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel. “Which is to say that if the candidate told an untruth, he or she would be held accountable.” Several hundred people paid $100 to hear…

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First Amendment Foundation, Poynter Institute may team up

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The Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation, the state’s public records and open meetings watchdog, is considering a partnership with The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. Foundation President Barbara Petersen told FloridaPolitics.com the two groups are working on an agreement in which Poynter, a nonprofit journalism education organization, “will assume all of the Foundation’s administrative responsibilities.” That will include handling future production of the organization’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual, updated yearly, and hosting its website. If the deal goes through, the foundation will shed two office positions, leaving…

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St. Pete nonprofit to host major global journalism convention

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A local nonprofit that frequently hosts journalists from all over the world has been selected to lead this year’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The seven-day event will host 100 journalists from more than 80 countries. World Partnerships, Inc. is a St. Pete-based nonprofit that partners with the U.S. Department of State to facilitate meetings between professionals abroad and those in the United States. Its International Visitor Leadership Program has been considered the United States’ most prestigious professional exchange program since 2000.…

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Tampa Bay Times CFO arrested for DUI

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Jana Linn Jones, chief financial officer of Times Publishing Co. and treasurer of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, was arrested last week for driving under the influence. Times Publishing is the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times. On Friday, Sept. 18, a 2014 Lexus driven by Jones struck the back of another car on 49th Street N near Ulmerton Road, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff arrest report. As reported in the Times, Jones had the smell of alcohol…

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Poynter to host Pulitzer Prize centennial celebration

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The Poynter Institute has been selected to host a two-day event honoring 100 years of Pulitzer Prizes. The downtown St. Pete continuing education resource for journalists and other writers was chosen by the Pulitzer Prize Board to host the events on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and April 1, 2016. The seminar is aimed at highlighting the historical achievement of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists covering topics like civil rights, social equality and democracy. “Like the Pulitzer Prizes, the Poynter Institute is dedicated…

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