Sue Burzynski Bullard, an associate professor of journalism, went to India in March to teach a series of journalism workshops.
Bullard was part of a seven-person team assembled by the Poynter Institute, internationally known for its journalism training programs, to conduct the workshops for Indian editors and journalism educators.
Bullard is one of only two university educators participating. The team includes editors, media executives and Poynter representatives. The training program, Strengthening Journalism: Poynter Collaborative Learning Workshops, will focus on credibility, digital tools, citizen journalism and the changing nature of journalism education.
The workshops will be held in three states in southern India for three days each from March 19-29.
Poynter is partnering with The Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore, Karnataka; the Kerala Press Academy in Kochi, Kerala; and M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Howard Finberg, director of training partnerships with journalists and journalism training organizations worldwide, said “Poynter views this project as a great opportunity to develop long-lasting and sustainable training partnerships with journalists and journalism training organizations worldwide,” said Howard Finberg, Poytner's director of partnerships and alliances.
Poynter has conducted similar programs in Egypt, Indonesia and South Africa. The aim of the workshops is to improve professional practices in journalism at media organizations and work with educators to tackle common challenges so schools can adapt their curricula to best prepare tomorrow’s journalist.
The project will be chronicled at http://india.poynter.org.
Bullard is an award winning professional journalist and educator. She is the author of “Everybody’s an Editor, Navigating Journalism’s Changing Landscape,” an e-textbook published in 2011. She also has written about digital media for Nieman Reports Professor’s Corner and PBS Media Shift.
She serves on the executive board of the American Copy Editors Society; advises the CoJMC chapter of ACES; has served as president of the Michigan AP Editorial Association and has been on the board of the Mid-America Press Institute.
Bullard earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State and a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University.