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
President
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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:

This illustration shows a screenshot of the homepage of Real Raw News as it appeared on July 12, 2021, with edits added to emphasize the false nature of the headlines.

A look behind Real Raw News’ sensational (and fabricated) headlines

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?

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Opinion: Opt-in to op-eds, a final attempt to distinguish news from opinion

The remains of the World Trade Center stands amid the debris following the terrorist attack on the building in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Alexandre Fuchs)

How Sept. 11 helped shape modern misinformation and conspiracy theories

On the left, from left to right, AFJ members Kathleen Purvis, Patty LaNoue Stearns, John Kessler, Suzanne Martinson and Jane Snow doing the macarena in Napa Valley. On the right, an AFJ conference attendee sinking into a cranberry bog on a long-ago farm tour. (Courtesy: Kathleen Purvis)

The Association of Food Journalists folded a year ago. Its ethics code remains as its proud legacy.

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Association of Food Journalists’ Code of Ethics

Demonstrators turn on their cell phone lights as they chant slogans during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Journalists who question objectivity still value truth-telling, study finds

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In addition to our work through the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, Poynter trains journalists to be strong practitioners and supports newsroom transformation and 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 and first-time voters, MediaWise. There are many ways that you can contribute to this important work:

The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter was made possible by a generous grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.