February 4, 2008

The Poynter Institute is excited to announce the members of the 2008 class of Poynter Ethics Fellows. The 18 fellows represent a diverse group of hard-working journalists from print, broadcast and online newsrooms across the United States. They were nominated by Poynter faculty, staff and former Ethics Fellows. They were each selected for their dedication to ethical journalism in a time of dramatic changes in the industry.

This class of fellows will meet at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. for one week in March, and for another session during 2009 to explore, advise and write about key issues before the journalism world. In between the meetings, they will work with Poynter faculty and other fellows on projects, bolster their own knowledge, help keep Poynter grounded in the needs of the industry and share what they’ve learned with other journalists. Some of their work will be showcased on Poynter Online.

“The Ethics Fellows are quickly becoming a network of who’s who among leaders and innovators throughout the world of journalism,” said Kelly McBride, Poynter’s Ethics group leader, who was a member of the inaugural 2001 Ethics Fellows class when she was a reporter at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. She joined the Poynter faculty a year later.

“As a group, this particular class of Fellows represents a wonderful blend of leaders with years of experience in the industry and the future rock stars of professional journalism.”

The 2008 Ethics Fellows are:

Esme Bermudez, Immigration Reporter, The Oregonian
John Daenzer, Director of New Media, WCCO-TV
Maria Godoy, Editor, National Public Radio
Teresa Hanafin, Director of Community Publishing, Boston.com
Victor Hernandez, Director of Coverage, CNN
John Jackson, Online Editor, The Roanoke Times
Keith Jenkins, Multimedia Director, The Washington Post
Mike McGraw, Investigative Reporter, The Kansas City Star
Heidi McGuire, Backpack Journalist, KUSA-TV
Gretchen Parker, Sr. General Assignment Reporter, The Tampa Tribune
David Raziq, Executive Producer, KHOU-TV
Adrienne Roark, News Director, WFOR/WBFS News
Dennis Ryerson, Editor, The Indianapolis Star
Gary Schwitzer, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Lisa Shepard, Ombudsman, National Public Radio
Luis Sinco, Staff Photographer, Los Angeles Times
Hollis Towns, Executive Editor, The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cindy Yamanaka, Staff Photographer, Orange County Register

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Bill Mitchell is CEO and publisher of the National Catholic Reporter. He was editor of Poynter Online from 1999 to 2009. Before joining Poynter, he…
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