Innovation at Work: Helping New Ideas Succeed

Course Overview

Innovation at Work: Helping New Ideas Succeed
Self-Directed Course
This $24.95 course is free thanks to the support of the Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation.
Time Estimate:
Two hours

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

We even have guides to help you get the most out of this course. Just ask them any questions you may have about innovation, and they will do their best to give you an answer or point you to the right course section. You'll be able to access these guides on every page by clicking on the tab that says, "Your course guide."

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define innovation
  • Recognize roadblocks to innovation, generally and within your organization.
  • Identify how well your organization innovates
  • Identify innovative projects that have improved journalism
  • Brainstorm potential innovations for your newsroom
  • Start a conversation with colleagues about opportunities to innovate in your organization
Who should take this course:

This course is for anyone interested in generating new ideas and making them happen. This course will help journalists at all levels of their newsrooms and others who want to be more innovative and lead innovation in their organization.

More for Entrepreneurs

This course is part of a series of Poynter NewsU courses on Entrepreneurial Journalism. The other courses in this series are:

Or enroll in our Entrepreneurial Journalism Certificate Program and get comprehensive training on the mechanics behind building a business.

Course Instructors:

Mark Briggs

Mark Briggs is director of digital media at King 5 TV in Seattle and the author of Entrepreneurial Journalism: How to Build What's Next for News, published by CQ Press. He also is a Ford Fellow of Entrepreneurial Journalism at The Poynter Institute and is the editor of the blog Journalism 2.0. He is the instructor for several courses at Poynter's NewsU, including Becoming an Entrepreneurial Journalist: From Idea to Implementation, Entrepreneurial Journalism: Revenue and Marketing and Innovation at Work: Helping New Ideas Succeed.

David M. Cole

David M. Cole is the editor and publisher of NewsInc., the weekly newsletter on the business of the newspaper business, and proprietor of The Cole Group.

Susan Karol

Susan Karol is executive director for the Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation, a charitable trust that seeks to help community and suburban newspaper publishers meet the future communication needs of their changing communities through research and education.

Training Partner:

Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation

The Suburban Newspapers of America Foundation focuses on suburban and community newspapers and supports their role as the leading local information providers, helping them identify and better fulfill future communication needs in changing communities.

Technical Requirements:

This course requires Flash Player 9 or higher.

  • Executive Producer: Howard Finberg
  • Editor: Vicki Krueger
  • Producers: Casey Frechette, Vanessa Goodrum, Leslie Passante
  • Writers: Mark Briggs, David M. Cole, Dave Greber
  • Graphic Designer: Jen O. Wallace
  • Copy Editor: Patti Ewald