Building an Ethical Newsroom

$450.00

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Building an Ethical Newsroom

This live online seminar will help journalism leaders strengthen their ethical infrastructure so they can confidently navigate their newsroom’s natural pressure points.

March 8, 2022– March 24, 2022

Overview

  • Join Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride for this three-week, six-session online program in March 2022
  • Expand your understanding of what constitutes a healthy environment for making ethical decisions
  • Explore case studies that get at common ethical issues and creative solutions in journalism
  • Discuss how ethical values are shifting in the profession and how news organizations are responding to cultural changes
  • Evaluate your own work environment and craft a plan for continuous improvement

$450.00

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Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively as you probe the nuance of ethical conflicts within your news organization
  • Craft ethics policies that illustrate core values and encourage a thoughtful approach rather than rule obedience
  • Increase ethical fitness among teams or work groups through everyday leadership

$450.00

Out of stock

Overview

  • Join Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride for this three-week, six-session online program in March 2022
  • Expand your understanding of what constitutes a healthy environment for making ethical decisions
  • Explore case studies that get at common ethical issues and creative solutions in journalism
  • Discuss how ethical values are shifting in the profession and how news organizations are responding to cultural changes
  • Evaluate your own work environment and craft a plan for continuous improvement

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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.

Questions?

If you need assistance, please email us at info@poynter.org.  If you would like to request a scholarship, please complete this short form

This online group seminar takes place March 8 through March 24, with live sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. We hope you can join us live to ask questions, talk with fellow participants and contribute your good ideas to the conversation. Sessions will be recorded and available in the course to replay.

Week 1

Session 1: Assessing your newsroom and understanding the process
Tuesday, March 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Case study: Journalists and activism

Session 2: Defining your mission
Thursday, March 10, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Case study: Covering suicides and naming mass shooters

Week 2

Session 3: Writing policies
Tuesday, March 15, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Case study: Competing loyalties, sources vs. audience

Session 4: Coaching ethics
Thursday, March 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Case study: Social media

Week 3

Session 5: Vulnerable sources
Tuesday, March 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Case study: Covering sexual assault

Session 6: Evolving audience expectations
Thursday, March 24, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern time
Case study: Covering crime and the right to be forgotten

Questions?

If you need assistance, please email us at info@poynter.org. If you would like to request a scholarship, please complete this short form.  

Who should enroll

This course is designed for those who can set or influence ethics policy within their news organizations. 

Leaders and managers responsible for ethics policies and decision-making, standards editors, executives and people who are in charge of conflicts of interest between business and journalism (especially at nonprofits) will benefit. College educators, journalists interested in ethics or writing about ethics are also welcome. 

Cost

Tuition for this live online group seminar, which includes nine hours of live instruction, is $450.

Questions?

If you need assistance, please email us at info@poynter.org. If you would like to request a scholarship, please complete this short form

Instructors

  • Kelly McBride
    Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership
    Kelly McBride is a journalist, consultant and one of the country’s leading voices on media ethics and democracy. She is senior vice president and chair...
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  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins
    Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around...
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  • Doris Truong
    Director of Teaching & Diversity Strategies
    Doris Truong is Poynter’s director of teaching and diversity strategies. She helps newsrooms better cover their communities by providing the resources to recruit, retain and...
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