Mike Fancher devoted his fellowship to the question, “What is the Journalist’s Creed for the 21st Century?” His research explored how shifting elements, such as the relationship between journalists and the public, affect the values and principles of journalists today and in the future.
“Journalism ethics is undergoing the most profound change since ‘The Journalist’s Creed’ was created, almost 100 years ago. Journalists in the digital age must do more than meet the professional standards and personal integrity advocated in the creed. They must also adopt a new ethic of public trust through public engagement. This will require higher performance standards and greater accountability.”