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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
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
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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:

Hmong community organizer Ze Thao, second from right, address a Black Lives Matter rally for George Floyd at the Minneapolis State Capitol, Sunday May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn.  Hmong activist Youa Vang Lee, center, whose son Fong Lee was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer in 2006, joined Thao in call for solidarity with the Black community in seeking justice for Floyd. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

A rule for good journalism: What is missing from this story?

The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. was breached by thousands of protesters during a "Stop The Steal" rally in support of President Donald Trump. (zz/STRF/STAR MAX/IPx)

Understanding journalism (or its absence) in the Age of Conspiracy

Rush Limbaugh headline collage

Was Rush Limbaugh’s race-baiting accurately reflected in his obituaries?

Security officers push back people shouting slogans during a protest held to show support to farmers who have been on a months-long protest, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Nearly 200 supporters of Indian farmers on Wednesday clashed with the police who blocked them from marching to an area for protests close to Parliament in the Indian capital. Waving flags and banners representing their organizations, the protesters demanded the repeal of new agriculture reform laws which the farmers say will favor large corporate farms. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Is it possible to decolonize the media?

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A Philadelphia Inquirer headline sparked outrage — and a newsroom audit. Here’s what it found.

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Can better corrections improve news readers’ trust?

Ad Fontes' media bias chart, left, and AllSides' media bias chart, right. Larger versions are available to view below and on each organization's website.

Should you trust media bias charts?

Tom Rosenstiel (Sara O'Brien/Poynter)

A new chapter for the press: 5 ideas for moving forward after Trump

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