The Poynter Institute and BEA Announce a Partnership to Produce SHARE, a Syllabus Exchange Center for Educators

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The Poynter Institute and the Broadcast Education Association announced a partnership today to develop a syllabus exchange center called SHARE on Poynter's News University e-learning site, http://www.newsu.org. The exchange will be for electronic media, journalism and communications educators to exchange cutting edge syllabi or other teaching materials to be used at the high school, college and/or university level.

SHARE will give teachers an opportunity to prepare relevant and current content for their classes, especially in the areas of electronic media. We are excited to launch this project in partnership with BEA.

The Poynter Institute and the Broadcast Education Association announced a partnership today to develop a syllabus exchange center called SHARE on Poynter's News University e-learning site, http://www.newsu.org.

The exchange will be for electronic media, journalism and communications educators to exchange cutting edge syllabi or other teaching materials to be used at the high school, college and/or university level.

The site will allow educators to upload their best teaching practices and in turn, learn what other professionals are using. SHARE will be a place for those looking to develop new syllabi, re-fresh current courses, create new courses or find in-class projects. NewsU users will be able to search a variety of topics and download the most applicable content.

"This project will address an issue that so many educators have in today's changing media landscape," said Howard Finberg, Director, Interactive Learning of the Poynter Institute and News University, "SHARE will give teachers an opportunity to prepare relevant and current content for their classes, especially in the areas of electronic media. We are excited to launch this project in partnership with BEA."

"We are honored to work with Poynter on this interactive project," said Executive Director of BEA, Heather Birks. "BEA members are at the fore-front of teaching progressive electronic media courses and this e-learning center will not only allow them to share their knowledge with educators in the US, and around the world, but give them insight into new avenues of media education."

SHARE will be launched in time for faculty to incorporate the site's content into their 2010 spring semester courses. NewsU and BEA will be announcing a program for beta testers shortly.

About BEA
The Broadcast Education Association is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are currently more than 1,500 individual and institutional members. For more, visit http://www.beaweb.org.

About Poynter
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. For more, visit http://www.poynter.org.    

Begun in 2005 with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Poynter's News University currently has more than 111,000 registered users, including 15 percent from outside the United States. It is committed to providing interactive, inexpensive courses that appeal to journalists at all levels of experience and in all types of media. For more, visit http://www.newsu.org.

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