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:

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.


How the journalism industry’s elitism locks out folks from underrepresented backgrounds

President Donald Trump talks with reporters at Andrews Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s time for journalism educators to rethink ‘objectivity’ and teach more about context

Bob Woodward speaks about his book, "FEAR: Trump in the White House," at Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Oct. 15, 2018 in Coral Springs, Florida.(mpi04/MediaPunch /IPX)

Was it unethical for Bob Woodward to withhold Trump’s coronavirus interviews for months?


TV newsrooms have made small, steady progress in hiring people of color, a new study found

A 2018 Atlantic cover with a headline that appeared to misgender its cover model, left, and the model, Mina Brewer, right (Courtesy: Z Walsh)

The Atlantic tried to artistically show gender dysphoria on its cover. Instead it damaged the trust of transgender readers.

Asia Mitchell (center), mother of seven, hairstylist, and soon-to-be tech support agent for Sprint, plays a game with her eldest daughter, London (upper left), 10, while on lunch break from virtual school at their Riverdale, Georgia, home Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Siblings Paris (lower left), 7, and Sydney (right), 4, look on. 
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How Black parents juggle their work and kids’ virtual schooling during the pandemic

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