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By 2004, two years after the Knight study, the desire for more training by journalists had risen from 82 percent to 95 percent. And they said the "most useful" training topic was leadership and management skills, according to a survey by the Poynter Institute and NewsU.

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Created by the Society of Professional Journalists for the Council of Journalism Organizations, the site is intended to provide one-stop shopping for those looking for training opportunities.

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Poynter was created in 1975 by Nelson Poynter, chairman of the St. Petersburg Times. In 1978, he donated his controlling stock in Times Publishing Co. to the institute, which has become perhaps the industry's largest independent, nonprofit school for journalists.

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NewsU.org offers more than 25 courses - most of them free - in several areas, including design, diversity, editing, management and multimedia reporting. NewsU is housed at Poynter and is funded by the Knight Foundation.

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Instead of asking frontline editors to come to a training center, NewsTrain takes training to them. Two-day workshops cost only $35 and are held throughout the country.

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Sometimes, the people in charge of helping others get better at their jobs also need a little help. The American Press Institute offers that help in its "Train the Trainers" seminars and this Web collection of resources.

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Founded in 1976, FACS offers educational programs for journalists and publishing guides on important topics related to news reporting.

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ACES was created by and for copy editors in large part to help them improve their skills and advance their careers. Training is at the heart of the organization's goals.

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The newsletter comes out monthly and is delivered by e-mail. Here's how to get on the list.

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The in-house training newsletter of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Some issues are online, and more may be again, but for now, it's delivered by e-mail by signing up here.

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The newsroom training editors who began meeting annually with the Freedom Forum's blessing and support - they now meet at the Poynter Institute - decided to pull their best ideas into annual reports, written by Jim Clark. The first of three volumes is subtitled "Collected Wisdom of the Sage" and is a handbook on setting up a training program.

Free hard copies of all three booklets are available from Deborah Gump as long as her stash lasts.

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The second report from the training editors featured 40 of their favorite exercises and ideas.

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The final report offered the training editors' 66 steps to greatness.

Training ideas and handouts from the training editors can now be found at No Train, No Gain.

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