'N.Y. Times' Ethics Training Expands to Biz Side

By: Mark Fitzgerald Having famously wrestled with issues of journalistic ethics in the last few years, The New York Times Co. is now set to examine its business ethics, too.

The Times Co. announced it has signed a multiyear contract with LRN Legal Compliance and Ethics Center for what it describes as a "comprehensive legal and ethics awareness education program" to provide business-ethics training for employees.

According to a release on the agreement, LRN's "comprehensive curriculum of legal, compliance and ethics courses" will include a customized course on the Times Co. business-ethics policy.

It is not yet clear who will undergo the ethics training, whether it will be restricted to managers or extended into the newsroom. "We currently have a team that is working with LRN to think through a number of issues related to our roll out of this training program, and [those]questions ... are among those being considered," a Times spokesman said.

"The Times Company is committed to maintaining the highest standards in its business practices and to providing outstanding education and development opportunities to our employees," Solomon B. Watson IV, the Times Co.'s senior vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.

"For more than 150 years The New York Times has consistently reported on ethical and compliance issues," LRN Chairman and CEO Dov Seidman said in a statement. "Today we are happy to support The New York Times Company in maintaining the highest standards of personal and professional conduct and reinforcing a culture of probity."


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