As culture changes and ethical values shift, how are you and your newsroom responding? Do you have practices and policies that meet the moment?
In this new online course from the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter, you will learn how to strengthen the ethical infrastructure of your newsroom and work through difficult challenges where two or more values collide.
Poynter’s senior vice president and ethics chair Kelly McBride will be your guide. Using her decades of experience as an ethics coach and public editor, she will reveal the methods she uses to assess a newsroom’s ethical strengths and weaknesses. You will explore the dozens of factors – both concrete policies and soft qualities – that contribute to a healthy environment for making ethical decisions. With McBride’s stewardship, you will diagnose your own individual capacity, and, when possible, the capacity of your news organization.
Each session will include a case study that reviews a newsroom pressure point, including personal activism by journalists, conflicts created by donors and sponsors, social media debacles, balancing the needs of vulnerable sources and the imperatives of staff diversity.
After the three-week, six-session course, you will have templates for modern ethics policies, communication skills to address ethical conflicts as they arise, and leadership strategies to facilitate a culture of ethics in your newsroom.