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CONTACT: Sherri Day Aug. 28, 2017
Neil Brown named President of Poynter Institute
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Neil Brown, one of the most accomplished leaders in American journalism, was named today as president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
“I am honored to join Poynter, where imagination and integrity have been hallmarks in helping journalists get better at what they do and stay relevant in how they do it,” Brown said. “In these exciting, unsettling and complicated times, Poynter's leadership and creativity are needed more than ever and I'm grateful for the chance to work with great professionals who are making a difference to journalism -- and our democracy -- every day.”
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Brown joined Times Publishing Company in 1988 as managing editor of Congressional Quarterly, a former Times affiliate. He came to the Tampa Bay Times as its world editor in 1993 and assumed a series of leadership roles, including managing editor and executive editor. Brown became the paper’s editor in 2010.
Under Brown’s leadership, the Times has won six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years and launched PolitiFact, the fact-checking website that has been replicated nationally and inspired similar efforts worldwide. Brown is a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. He also is a former board member of the American Society of News Editors.
Widely regarded as an innovator and deft editor of investigations and special projects, Brown will now lead Poynter, the world-renowned center for journalism education and owner of the Times.
“From more than 100 candidates, Neil emerges clearly as a leader who will help Poynter build upon its success as a place that improves journalism and strengthens democracy, both across the United States and around the world,” said Paul Tash, chairman of Poynter’s board of trustees. “That purpose has never been more essential.”
Brown begins full time at Poynter in mid-September. He will remain a member of the Times executive committee and continue as a director of Times Publishing Company.
About The Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good. The Institute, which was established by Nelson Poynter in 1975, owns the Tampa Bay Times.
About the Tampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Times is widely considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in America and has won 12 Pulitzer Prizes. It is Florida’s largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 391,215 on Sundays and 240,216 daily (Q1 2017 AAM Report). The Times also publishes tampabay.com - Tampa Bay’s largest local news Web site with about 3.6 million unique visitors each month (comScore May 2017) and tbo.com. Additionally, the company publishes the free daily tbt*, an edition of the Tampa Bay Times, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, PolitiFact.com and Florida Trend magazine.