This program pushed me and forced me to reconsider issues I had taken for granted before. It reminded me that ethics are not a list of rules you can memorize but rather a matter for continual thought and evaluation. (2012 Journalism Fellow)
FASPE Journalism is a program for graduate students working towards careers in journalism. It is an intensive two-week fellowship that examines the roles played by journalists in Nazi Germany and during the Holocaust, which underscores
how the moral codes that govern the journalism profession can break down or be distorted. The program’s integrated approach includes historical, cultural, philosophical, and documentary sources; survivor testimony; visits to German and Polish newsrooms; and on-site workshops in Berlin and Auschwitz.
FASPE Journalism examines the following topics, among others:
Ethical challenges in reporting on human rights abuses
The relationship between state authority and journalism (including censorship and propaganda)
Media’s role in creating and remembering the historical narrative
The role of new-age media in present-day journalism
The goal of FASPE is to provide graduate students, through the exploration of these issues and visits to Holocaust sites, with new insights that will help them tackle problems of moral reasoning in their future careers.
The FASPE Journalism curriculum was designed by Professor Ari Goldman of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the FASPE staff. The 2012 Program was led by Professor Andie Tucher and Dean Bill Grueskin, both also of Columbia University.
The Journalism fellows traveled from May 20 to May 31, 2012. You can see some of their work in progress at: http://www.faspe.info/journalism2012/. You can see the work from the 2011 FASPE Journalism Fellows at: http://www.faspe.info/journalism2011/.