Funded by a $5 million grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Center will expand teaching, research and coverage of media ethics. It is the single largest contribution ever made to Poynter.
Newmark Philanthropies is also making a separate $10 million gift to Columbia Journalism School to endow the Craig Newmark Center for Journalism Ethics and Security and the Craig Newmark Professorship.
“With disinformation flowing through social platforms and the news, it’s critical to modernize journalism ethics so that the industry keeps pace with the ever-changing digital landscape,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and a major benefactor of programs that support growing trust in journalism. “Both Columbia Journalism School and Poynter are already helping journalists do just that, and with these gifts, I hope they’ll become the industry’s go-to resources for the challenges journalists face in a data-driven world.”
At Poynter, the Center will be led by Senior Vice President Kelly McBride, a nationally recognized journalism ethicist. McBride will also be the Newmark Ethics Chair, a position created with a Newmark grant two years ago.
In addition to training and consultation, the Newmark Center at Poynter will serve as a clearinghouse for best practices. McBride and others will write extensively about journalism ethics as a beat, delivered regularly on poynter.org and via an ethics newsletter. Poynter will also organize an annual trust and ethics summit.
With the grant, Poynter will establish an annual fellowship for a professional journalist to conduct research, write about and teach ethics, and share expertise with
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