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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
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:

The headquarters for National Public Radio in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Should journalists be allowed to protest? A legendary news organization tries to address that issue

A flyer for Local Live(s) Chicago, part of a series of storytelling events produced by Back Pocket Media. The project partners with newsrooms to bring storytelling nights to communities across the United States.
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Journalists share the stories behind their stories with virtual storytelling collective Local Live(s)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders in October of last year. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara). (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders plays politics with COVID in a guest column for The Democrat-Gazette

A sign urging safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic is seen in Teesto, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation on Feb. 11, 2021.  (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Governments created an informational black hole for Indigenous communities and COVID-19

In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House  in Washington. In a fall 2019 and early spring 2020 media ethics class at Greenlee School Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, Michael Bugeja and his students studied lies, deceit and secrecy in the first impeachment trial of Donald Trump (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

You can’t be a truth-seeker if you’re also a liar

Michael Wolff. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Trump author Michael Wolff and CNN host Brian Stelter got into it over the media

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Defamation was considered a well-settled area of law. Then came social media.

The image from video provided by the Department of Defense labelled Gimbal, from 2015, an unexplained object is seen at center as it is tracked as it soars high along the clouds, traveling against the wind. “There's a whole fleet of them,” one naval aviator tells another, though only one indistinct object is shown. “It's rotating." The U.S. government has been taking a hard look at unidentified flying objects, under orders from Congress, and a report summarizing what officials know came out recently. (Department of Defense via AP)

UFOs, once consigned to conspiracy theories, have landed in mainstream American journalism

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