Ethics

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For 40 years, Poynter has guided professional newsrooms in developing ethical principles to support journalism's role in a healthy democracy. In 1981, when a Pulitzer Prize-winning story in The Washington Post about a child heroin addict turned out to be a hoax, Poynter convened industry leaders to identify and implement tighter ethical standards, as we did in 2003 following the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times.

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Poynter trains journalists to avoid ethical failings including conflicts of interest, bias and inaccuracy, and to uphold best practices, such as transparency and accountability. With digital and audiovisual technology innovating at warp seed, news-gathering, storytelling and editing are changing and Poynter faculty help newsrooms keep ethics at the forefront. 

At a time when public trust in media is low and the president has sought to discredit the press as "fake news," it's more essential than ever that journalists be accurate and accountable, shining a light on truth to sustain our democracy.

Poynter makes it easy to develop your ethical decision-making, so you're ready for difficult situations: 

Poynter Results

  • Images on a Deadline

    Images on a Deadline Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:43

    Find strong images that will engage your audience.

    Business
    Ethics
    Storytelling
  • Fact-Checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism

    Fact-Checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:42

    About This Course

    This course, a joint effort by Poynter's NewsU and the American Press Institute, is deisgned to help you gain the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin or improve a high-quality fact-checking program — independently or in an organization. For those already involved in fact-checking, this course offers instruction on advancing and enhancing those efforts.

    Ethics
    Fact-Checking
    Storytelling
    Tips/Training
  • Examining PunditFact and Its Role in Journalism: A Poynter Broadcast

    Examining PunditFact and Its Role in Journalism: A Poynter Broadcast Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/14/2017 - 09:42

    PunditFact's role in fact-checking pundits.

    Commentary
    Ethics
    Fact-Checking
  • Covering Islam in America

    Covering Islam in America Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/14/2017 - 09:42

    Learn the religious, social, political and geographical facts about Islam so you can tackle stories with confidence and context.

    Culture
    Ethics
    Storytelling
    Tips/Training
  • Fact-Checking and Debunking: Covering Rumors, Hoaxes and Gossip

    Fact-Checking and Debunking: Covering Rumors, Hoaxes and Gossip Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 09/13/2017 - 15:42

    Effective methods to debunk and stop misleading information.

    Ethics
    Fact-Checking
    Tips/Training
  • Eyetracking Photojournalism

    Eyetracking Photojournalism Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:41

    How to perceive the quality of photojounalism

    Ethics
    Innovation
    Tips/Training
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