NSVRC, Poynter’s News University launch online course for journalists reporting on sexual violence

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Tracy Cox, Communications Director,
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
 
Vicki Krueger, Director, Interactive Learning, The Poynter Institute
 
Jessica Blais, Director of Marketing, The Poynter Institute
 

February 14, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

HARRISBURG, PA. – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced today it has teamed up with the Poynter Institute’s News University to create a free, online course for journalists, educators and the public on how to report on sexual violence. The course will help journalists go beyond conventional reporting to help audiences learn more about the reality of sexual violence, and will help them cover the topic with context, accuracy and sensitivity.

“Statistics show that twenty percent of the population will experience sexual violence during their lifetime,” said Tracy Cox, NSVRC’s communications director. “With numbers that high, it’s imperative that journalists, journalism students and educators have a clear and accurate understanding of sexual violence, where to obtain credible information and how to help news consumers understand its impact.”

The free course, Reporting on Sexual Violence, will teach journalists how to report on sexual violence in a factual, trustworthy manner; how to generate story ideas that go beyond crime reports; and how to help audiences understand the impact of sexual violence and engage them in prevention efforts.

“We are delighted to be working with NSVRC to offer this valuable training,” said Vicki Krueger, director of interactive learning at The Poynter Institute. “It’s an exciting opportunity for Poynter to use its e-learning platform on NewsU to help journalists, educators and anyone interested in timely topic.”

Reporting on Sexual Violence is funded by NSVRC through grants from Penn State University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of Penn State or CDC. For more information on this course, visit http://nsvrc.org/elearning/20153 and https://www.newsu.org/courses/reporting-sexual-violence.

Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape in 2000, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) identifies, develops and disseminates resources regarding all aspects of sexual violence prevention and intervention. NSVRC activities include training and technical assistance, referrals, consultation, systems advocacy, resource library, capacity-building, integrating research findings with community-based projects, coordinating Sexual Assault Awareness Month, co-sponsoring national conferences and events, and creating web-based and social networking resources. For more information, visit www.nsvrc.org.

The Poynter Institute trains journalism practitioners, media leaders, educators and citizens in the areas of online and multimedia, leadership and management, reporting, writing and editing, TV and radio, ethics and diversity, journalism education and visual journalism. Poynter’s News University offers training to journalists, journalism students, teachers and the public through more than 250 interactive e-learning modules and other forms of training. For more information, visit www.poynter.organd www.newsu.org.

 

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