Journalism & Media Studies

Journalism & Media Studies
140 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727-873-4850
Fax: 727-873-4034

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Poynter Connection

The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists and teachers of journalism. It's acrosss the street from USF St. Petersburg.
Students accepted into the USF St. Petersburg master's degree program in Journalism and Media Studies are eligible to participate in one or more Poynter Institute seminars or conferences. Participation in Poynter Institute programs is limited, competitive and by invitation only from the Poynter Institute faculty.

The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalism, dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It is across the street from the USF St. Petersburg's campus.

Students must notify their adviser of interest in a seminar no later than a semester in advance of the term in which that seminar is offered; the adviser will consult with Poynter Institute faculty to determine availability of space and to place students in the most appropriate seminars.The Poynter faculty have final say in who is accepted to participate, and they base that decision on qualifications and experience.

Usually, students who have not been to a seminar are given priority. Our hope is that everyone who wishes to take a Poynter Institute seminar will be able to do so at least once during his or her studies.

Poynter seminars usually run from Sunday night to Friday afternoon, five to eight hours daily. Once accepted into a seminar, students are required to attend every session and participate to the extent allowed by the seminar leader.

To receive graduate credit for the seminar, students must: 

  • Receive a permit and register for MMC 6936 (3) Professional Colloquium.
  • Attend all sessions. 
  • Keep a daily journal on ideas and activities. 
  • Prepare a paper or report on some topic or issue out of the seminar, relying not only on seminar content but outside reading and other materials as well. Discuss the topic with an adviser prior to getting started. 
  • Present a report on the seminar to graduate students either in a class, colloquium or forum in the fall or spring. The goal is to provide for the graduate program community a condensed version of the seminar, highlighting the major topics and issues.

Our Graduate students may also use The Poynter Institute's Eugene Patterson Library, with checkout and copying privileges.

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