The trip was reinvigorating and was everything that I was looking for. I

so needed this community of interesting journalists striving to answer

tough questions, and I feel like I can turn to them any time.

(Lindsey Anderson, 2015 Journalism Fellow)

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 is a program for working journalists early in their career and graduate students working towards careers in journalism. It is an intensive two-week fellowship that examines contemporary journalism ethics by exploring the roles played by journalists in Nazi Germany and during the Holocaust when the moral codes that governed the journalism profession broke down and were 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 and Professor Andie Tucher, both of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and the FASPE staff. The 2017 program was led by Gabriel Kahn, of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Ilene Prusher, from Florida Atlantic University's School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

The 2017 Journalism Fellows traveled from May 21 to June 2, 2017.  You can see some of their work at on Medium under "A Notebook from Auschwitz: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Journalism’s Ethical Dilemma" or the FASPE Journalism blog at

Piloted initially in 2011, a total of 86 journalism graduate students or working journalists early in their career have now participated in the FASPE Journalism program. Responses to the FASPE trip have included:

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 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)



-PDF of FASPE for Journalism Students Overview

-Itinerary from 2017 Journalism trip


Links of interest:

BBC Archives: Reports from Journalists in 1945

Auschwitz-Birkenau, Then and Now


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