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
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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:

Clockwise, from top left: Demonstrators at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia; members of Massachusetts’ Asian American Commission at the Statehouse in Boston; immigrants at a temporary shelter for unaccompanied children in Homestead, Florida; and Native American tribal elders with military veterans across from the Dakota Access oil pipeline site in Cannon Ball, North Dakota (AP photos).

Dear newsroom managers, journalists of color can’t do all the work

Demonstrators kneel in a moment of silence outside the Long Beach Police Department on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Long Beach during a protest over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Photographers are being called on to stop showing protesters’ faces. Should they?

(Screenshot, Twitter)

The New York Times was accused of siding with police because of ill-placed passive voice

Headlines from news websites that use the term "unarmed black man." (Ren LaForme)

‘Unarmed Black Man’ doesn’t mean what you think it means

(The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard)

What I learned doing ethics with Billboard Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Arrogant, inexperienced and ineffective: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is overmatched in her new job

CNN "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter.
(Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx)

‘It’s OK to not be OK right now.’ TV anchors are setting aside the stoicism and getting personal.

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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.