Poynter's Green Light Ethics.
Practice hard-hitting journalism with confidence.
In 2019, Poynter launched The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership to expand our capacity to serve the news industry as a place where journalists, ethicists and citizens convene to elevate discourse and battle disinformation and bias.
Poynter’s long-standing approach to journalistic ethical decision-making offers a way forward to determine how to publish or broadcast information, thereby fulfilling the journalistic mission to speak truth to power. In essence, we’ll help you find ways to greenlight your story – working through the issues – so that you can get the information to your readers. Ethics is a process, not an answer. Poynter’s ‘greenlight’ philosophy will provide you with the confidence that you need to navigate through today’s complex media environment – whether you’re a journalist wanting to get the story to publication or a citizen trying to better understand the information you consume.
Ethics remains core to the foundational skills that Poynter considers critical to the practice of journalism. The Institute teaches fact-checking, reputable sourcing, verification, leadership skills and news literacy to reporters, editors, news executives, educators and consumers.
Poynter is both practitioner and thought leader in 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, MediaWise.
The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter was made possible by a generous grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.