With this memo, Robin Sloan and I outlined the technology that would power The Poynter Institute’s ‘s e-learning platform, News University. NewsU needed to “have a database at its core.” That was true then; it is still true.
NewsU.org will be the Web portal to journalism training resources and programs. It will have a database at its core—one that will include both static web resources (resources for trainers, self-teaching tools) and date-sensitive seminars, and be able to sort both by category, organization, geographic location, date, and more.
Our second requirement involve search, ideally searching for other e-learning training journalists could take. Our goal was to build a portal of training. As NewsU grew, I realized that there was little need for a portal as there were few other e-learning resources available to journalists.