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 confronts us with the notion that we too could be perpetrators. We may
not stand amid genocide in our careers, but as journalists, we alter the lives of
individuals every day. Studying ethics keeps us in the pursuit of justice -- even if,
at times, we fail. It is a lifelong struggle. (Allison Griner, 2013 Journalism Fellow)
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.
(Megan Camm, 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 2013 Program was led by Ari Goldman and Professor Sheila Coronel, also from Columbia University.
The 2014 Journalism fellows traveled from June 1 to June 12, 2014. You can see some of their work at: http://www.faspe.info/journalism2014/.