Green Light Ethics

Practice hard-hitting journalism with confidence.

The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership takes a practical approach to the ever-changing pressures on journalism and democracy. We are an authoritative voice for journalists, citizens and everyone interested in elevating discourse and fact-based expression while battling disinformation and bias.

What we do:

Through the work of the Center, journalism can evolve its values and the public will better understand how those values impact their everyday lives, building practices of mutual trust and transparency. We:

  • Provide custom advice and training to professional newsrooms on stories and policies.
  • Advance the ethical standards that guide professional news organizations.
  • Work with citizens and journalists to identify issues where journalism can better serve its audience.
  • Host gatherings where journalists and experts can exchange ideas.
  • Sponsor research into building trust in news and the democratic process.

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Meet our team:

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Neil Brown
The Poynter Institute

Kelly McBride,

Kelly McBride
Poynter Senior Vice President and
Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership

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Cheryl Carpenter
Leadership Faculty
The Poynter Institute

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Rick Edmonds
Media Business Analyst & Leader of News Transformation
The Poynter Institute

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Shannon Kellenberger
Administrative Assistant, Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership

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Samantha Ragland
Faculty Member
The Poynter Institute

Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

Al Tompkins
Senior Faculty and Group Leader for Broadcast Media
The Poynter Institute

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Doris Truong
Director of Training and Diversity
The Poynter Institute

Ethics articles:

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NBC News defends a reporter after a bizarre Tucker Carlson criticism

Nikole Hannah-Jones (mpi43/MediaPunch /IPX)

Opinion: Journalism can do more than report on racial injustice. It can also help solve it.

(Courtesy: The Magazine Innovation Center at the School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi)

Magazine covers in 2020 have featured Black subjects three times more than the previous 90 years

An audience member holds a fake news sign during a President Donald Trump campaign rally in Washington Township, Mich., Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

An armed guard hired by KUSA in Denver killed a demonstrator. Why do journalists need guards?

A screenshot from “Face the Facts,” hosted by PBS Student Reporting Labs in partnership with MediaWise, a digital media literacy initiative of The Poynter Institute.

If you need a break from all the election doom and gloom, look to Gen Z


CMA is investigating its president after the Washington Square News student walk-out

As we learned in 2016, polls can be misleading and misunderstood. (AP Photos by Evan Vucci and Paul Sancya)

Reporting on polls? Here’s how to do it responsibly

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, center, fights his way through Oklahoma defenders for a touchdown in the first half of a game in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 2019.  Hubbard made headlines this year for his unusual outspokenness on social media criticizing his head coach. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Universities continue to block athletes from talking to the media. That’s got to stop.

Support us:

In addition to our work through the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, Poynter trains journalists to be strong practitioners and supports newsroom transformation and accountability journalism. We are the home of three major initiatives that are battling misinformation: PolitiFact, the International Fact-Checking Network and the news literacy program for teenagers and first-time voters, MediaWise. There are many ways that you can contribute to this important work:

The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter was made possible by a generous grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.