Privacy Policy

Poynter limits the collection of personal information to what we need to identify and contact customers to recommend teaching or other Poynter resources. We collect personal information from anyone who signs up for a Poynter account, including name and email address. We ask for other optional information, including contact information, gender, date of birth, occupation and interests.

Poynter uses PayPal to process payments. We do not save this information. Alternatively, it is possible to make a payment by mail or by calling us with your credit card, mailing a payment to 801 Third Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Attn: Accounting or by calling 727-821-9400.

Poynter does not share information with third parties. We do use contact information from participants in our teaching and from those who register on our website to contact them about our work, including emails promoting upcoming teaching. Individuals may opt out of those communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email.

Comments or other information posted on forums, discussion threads or other areas of Poynter’s website or social media channels designed for public communications or communications among class members or forum members may be viewed and downloaded by others who visit the sites. For this reason, Poynter urges everyone to use discretion when deciding whether to post any information that can be used to identify them. Anything posted in discussion threads on Poynter websites should be considered public information for which there is no expectation of privacy.

Poynter encourages all participants in discussion threads, comments emails, chats, or social media posts to be respectful and constructive and avoid personal attacks. We will take appropriate measures should individuals repeatedly violate these terms.

Our goal is to provide visitors to our workshops, events and e-learning with the best possible educational experience. To that end, we strive to personalize the experience to the individual learner, to evaluate the effectiveness of our course materials, to improve our understanding of the learning process and to otherwise improve the effectiveness of our teaching.

A final note:

From time to time we review and may make changes to these guidelines. When changes are made, the new guidelines will be posted here. At that time, our Privacy Policy will be distributed to users and will be effective immediately. By accessing the site after any changes have been made, you signify your agreement.

If you have any privacy concerns or questions about this policy, please email

Poynter News University ( Terms & Conditions

The NewsU website is owned and managed by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc. (“Poynter”) and as a user you are granted a non-exclusive, revocable license to access NewsU under its terms and conditions of use. Your use of NewsU constitutes your agreement to the following terms and conditions of use. Poynter may terminate your use of NewsU if you are in breach of these terms and conditions or if Poynter decides to terminate your license for whatever reason.

All materials contained on NewsU are produced or developed by Poynter or Poynter’s employees, representatives, agents or contractors and are owned exclusively by Poynter (“Project Materials”). Poynter retains all intellectual property right, title and interest in the Project Materials, including software, design, tools, course materials and Service Components related to its e-learning platform and its existing course modules.

You understand and agree that you have been given a unique login for your use only and you will not let anyone else use your login to access the NewsU website or the content on the site, which is the property of Poynter. You acknowledge Poynter owns and controls all content on the NewsU site, and you may not download, modify, publish, transmit or sell, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, link, display, or in any way exploit any of the Project Materials, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted in these terms and conditions or with the prior written consent of Poynter. You may not use electronic or other means to extract details or information about Poynter’s Project Materials, users or contributors in order to offer them any services or products which compete directly or indirectly with Poynter services and products.


Poynter makes no representations about the information contained in the documents, audio, video and related graphics published on NewsU for any purpose. All such documents, audio, video and related graphics are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. Poynter hereby disclaims all warranties and conditions with regard to this information, including all implied warranties and conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. In no event shall Poynter be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of information available from NewsU.

If you have any questions about NewsU courses, please email