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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.

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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.
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Neil Brown
The Poynter Institute

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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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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:

Privacy voting booths are set up six-feet away from each other in the worship center of the Highland Colony Baptist Church in Ridgeland, Miss., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Most news industry workers believe polls are overused and unreliable, Medill survey finds

Armed men stand on the steps at the State Capitol after a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Concerns over security at Michigan’s Capitol building have reignited after the U.S. Capitol came under attack by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters last week. In Michigan, concealed and open carry firearms are allowed in the Capitol. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Ethical practices are changing as a result of the increase in threats to journalists

Registered nurse Carol Eickmeyer flexes her arm in celebration after getting the first vaccination for the coronavirus at Sacred Heart RiverBend Hospital in Springfield, Ore. Monday Dec. 21, 2020. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, Pool)

The media needs to get the vaccination story right

A supporter of President Donald Trump chants outside the Senate Gallery inside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Should journalists play a role in identifying rioters?

The House Chamber is empty after a hasty evacuation as protesters tried to break into the chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The institutions of government will be more locked off from the public because of today’s attack on the Capitol

President Donald Trump watches a video monitor as he speaks at a campaign rally for Senate Republican candidates, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., at Valdosta Regional Airport, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Valdosta, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump’s phone call to Georgia was illegal, immoral or unconstitutional. Here’s how some journalists decide what to call it.

The U.S. Supreme Court  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Opinion: Journalists must hold signatories and adherents to account in the Texas Supreme Court case

Santas Patrick Brown, left, and Mike Gordon, right, pose together at a mall in Honolulu, Hawaii, in this file photo.
(Courtesy of Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Journalists covering Santa Claus: You better watch out. You better not cry. And you’d better be cautious.

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