I can honestly say that I learned more about journalistic ethics in the 12 days that I spent in New York, Germany, and Poland with my fellow FASPEans than I have in the past year of journalism school.
-Samantha Pickette, 2014 Journalism Fellow
FASPE Journalism examines the roles played by journalists and editors during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing the profession can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Having learned the power of their profession, the Journalism Fellows are better positioned (and more willing) to address various contemporary ethical issues facing their profession and individual reporters. The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical, and literary sources; survivor testimony; and on-site workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz, and Krakow.
FASPE Journalism Fellows examine such topics as:
- The relationship between state authority and journalism (including censorship and propaganda)
- How do you balance the costs and benefits of access?
- When should a journalist intervene?
- The challenges in reporting fairly and objectively when faced with atrocities
- How can you fact-check a Holocaust survivor or the victim of an atrocity?
- The ethical challenges in reporting human rights abuses
- Media’s role in creating and remembering the historical narrative
Take a look at the 2014 FASPE Journalism blog with coverage and details about the 2014 Journalism trip.