Grant aimed at journalism ethics

The Society of Professional Journalists Foundation is receiving a gift of $185,000 from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to put a greater focus on journalism ethics.

The goal is to rebuild trust with the public through a powerful commitment to ethics.

“Journalism and truth have been under attack the past several years in ways we’ve never seen before, and I want to help repair that damage and hopefully prevent it from happening again,” Newmark said. “Rebuilding trust through a powerful commitment to ethics is one way to do that. SPJ is known around the world for its Code of Ethics, which puts it in an ideal position to tackle this work.”

Among other things, the program will expand SPJ’s longstanding Ethics Hotline, which provides journalists with instant access to experts on how to address ethical questions, and will support SPJ’s new Race and Gender Hotline, which provides support for journalists covering sensitive content regarding race and gender.

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