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
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
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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:


It’s time to hold editors accountable for harassed news workers

Magazines with Black cover models from the past few months. (Courtesy: Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism)

Is the increase in Black representation in magazines hypocrisy or a genuine change?

Crews separate a pole with a crane in Grand Isle, Lousiana, a barrier island community south of New Orleans that was one of the hardest-hit areas.  
Hurricane Zeta, a category 2 storm, knocked out power to over 2.6 million households across the southeast of the United States on Oct. 28. Many election polling places went without power for about two days in New Orleans, restricting access to early voting in predominantly minority communities. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Journalism can help communities with these five pillars of ethical disaster reporting

President-elect Joe Biden is shown on a television monitor in the White House briefing room, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Unfinished business from reporting on 2020’s presidential results — there’s lots of it

Kathryn Weisser, right, of Phoenix, listens to the concession speech of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at an election night rally Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The art of the concession speech

An election worker stamps a vote-by-mail ballot dropped off by a voter before placing it in an official ballot drop box before at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

What went wrong with the 2020 election polls and what’s next for political polling?

CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell on the network’s Election Day set. (Courtesy: CBS News)

Election Day is here. What can we expect from the news coverage?

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