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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Neil Brown
President
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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
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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:

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. He walked out of the conference after being challenged by CBS reporter Paula Reid. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Why does President Trump react so strongly when challenged by female reporters?

The copies of The New York Times newspaper are displayed for sale at a news stand. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

A majority of Americans believe the news’ role is vital but see an increasing level of bias in coverage, poll finds

Kristin Roberts, McClatchy's vice president of news. (Courtesy of McClatchy)

McClatchy journalists absolutely can show support for Black lives

Priska Neely, a reporter and producer at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, speaks to elementary school students at a career day in Los Angeles in 2019. (Courtesy: Priska Neely)

I am not your Black unicorn

(AP Photos: Ted S. Warren, left and Patrick Semansky, right)

How the media covered two pandemics — COVID-19 and systemic racism

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How the media business can build more trust during the coronavirus pandemic

People in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, a neighborhood with one of the city’s largest Mexican and Hispanic community, wear masks to help stop the spread of coronavirus while waiting in line to enter a store.  A poll found that 61% of Hispanic Americans say they’ve experienced some kind of household income loss as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll on Black and Hispanic Americans and it’s only getting worse

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News leaders and tech platforms must safeguard journalists from digital harassment to ensure press freedom

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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.