CLASS - March 12, 14, 19, 21, 2024 3-5pm PT / 6-8pm ET 

Handle With Care: A Crash Course in Ethics

A crash course in journalistic ethics tailored for independents without formal journalism training. 
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Key Takeaways

  • The building blocks of ethical journalistic practice: how to determine where power lies, how to protect anonymous sources, vulnerable sources and whistleblowers, how to remain transparent and accountable;
  • Foundational understanding of copyright and fair use, privacy laws and limitations of the first amendment as it relates to journalists;
  • How to avoid harmful practices like extractive journalism or helicopter journalism;
  • Trauma informed interviewing techniques and reporting considerations.

About this class

  • Tuesday and Thursdays, March 12, 14, 19, 21, 2024.
  • 3pm - 5pm PT / 6pm - 8pm ET 
  • Virtual
  • 4 x 2 hour classes
  • $370 AIR members 
    $425 non-members
  • Payment plans available at checkout. 
Have you ever considered going to j-school, but you don’t have the time or money right now? Join seasoned journalist Ann Marie Awad for a eight-hour crash course in journalistic ethics, tailor-made for the independent. 
It starts with theory – tackling the thorny debate over journalistic objectivity – and ends with practice: How do you conduct trauma-informed interviews? How do you protect whistleblowers? What are my rights as a journalist? With plenty of real-life case studies and rich class discussion, this course is perfect for those new to journalism, or those who have never worked in a newsroom or had any formal journalism training.

Who is this class for? 

Those new to journalism, or those who have never worked in a newsroom or had any formal journalism training.
Meet the instructor

Ann Marie Awad

Ann Marie Awad is an independent journalist, story editor and podcast creator based in Denver, CO. Awad has been in the news business for nearly 15 years, starting in print, moving into public radio and then into podcasts. They have worked as a host and reporter in public radio newsrooms in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Colorado. Awad is the host and creator of the award-winning podcast On Something, all about life after cannabis legalization, and has also produced podcasts for Audible, SONOS and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Awad is also a 2022 journalism fellow with the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics.
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