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
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:

People walk past nespaper front pages displayed outside the Newseum, now permanently closed, in Washington, Monday, June 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

US ranks last among 46 countries in trust in media, Reuters Institute report finds

Police blotters from the St. Petersburg Times, clockwise from top left: Jan. 1, 1983; March 4, 1976; Oct. 4, 1983.

It’s time for journalism to break the cycle of crime reporting

The New York Times   building in New York (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)

Departing NYT columnist Frank Bruni: ‘I should say I’m sorry’

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The dangers and privileges of being a white Jewish journalist

A view of the P4 lab and the Wuhan Institute of Virology is seen after a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

What we can learn from the media’s dismissal of the Wuhan lab theory

A protester holds a "Latinx 4 BLM" sign during the "March of Silence," a demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter, on June 12, 2020, in Seattle, Wash. (VDB Photos/Shutterstock)

Latinx, POC and BIPOC are words trying to solve a bigger problem in journalism

In this Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo, demonstrators chant, at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

How local news in Philadelphia covered the George Floyd protests

John Carroll, left, then executive vice president and editor of the Los Angeles Times, gestures while taking part in a panel discussion with editors of some California newspapers over challenges of covering the war in Iraq, Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the state's Associated Press News Executives Council's Annual Meeting in Santa Rosa, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Recalling a great newspaper editor and what he represented

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