RAND x Poynter

Custom policy education for journalists

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As part of its NextGen Initiative, RAND is proud to partner with the nonprofit Poynter Institute, a global leader dedicated to journalistic excellence, to develop innovative educational opportunities for journalists. Through unique programming, RAND experts break down the research process and provide deep insights on policy issues that affect the audiences journalists serve.

Masterclasses for Journalists

RAND-Poynter masterclasses are tailored for journalists—especially reporters who are fact-checkers. Past sessions have featured RAND researchers discussing data analytics methods and their research on topics such as gun policy, Russian disinformation, U.S. competition with China, and climate change.

This year's masterclass, Reporting on the Rise of AI, will be held on June 28, 2024, in Washington, D.C. A group of RAND experts will provide insights on a wide range of issues related to AI technologies and applications, including the risk of increased inequities, governance challenges, how AI will affect the workforce, and generative AI's potential role in information warfare.

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Policy Education for Emerging Journalists

RAND experts were also featured in the curriculum for the 2022–23 Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, which blends educational opportunities with work experience to help emerging journalists accelerate their careers. They provided content on the details of policymaking, the importance of civic engagement and literacy, understanding health inequities, and more.

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