Former Sun editor named Poynter president

A former Baltimore Sun editor has been named president of the Poynter Institute, a journalism school and media strategy center with students around the world.

Timothy A. Franklin, 53, who served as editor and senior vice president of the Sun between 2004 and 2008, is currently the managing editor of Bloomberg News in Washington, where he helped direct news coverage by the Washington bureau's 200 journalists.

Between his time at the Sun and Bloomberg, Franklin also helped create the Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University.

"Tim brings a wealth of experience in journalism across all platforms, and a strong background in journalism education," said Paul Tash, the chairman of the Poynter Institute trustees, in a statement. "For everyone who cares about journalism as a foundation of democracy, this is excellent news."

Franklin succeeds Karen Dunlap, who served as Poynter's president for the last decade. Dunlap announced her planned retirement last October.

The St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Poynter says its online News University has more than 195,000 registered users in 225 countries. The institute also is seen as a leader in coverage of the media industry.

Franklin, who is married with two children, also will become a director of the Poynter-owned Times Publishing Company, which publishes the Tampa Bay Times and Florida Trend magazine.

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