The Shadid Curriculum draws from the outstanding journalism of those who have won or been named a finalist of the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics, an honor given annually by the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Launched in 2021, the curriculum encourages student journalists to consider thorny ethical issues and place themselves in the position of making difficult journalistic decisions.

Developing the curriculum involved organization of journalistic themes, addressing common ethical challenges addressed in Shadid Award finalists, pedagogical video editing, and consulting with experiences mass communication educators to produce a practical, modular journalistic ethics curriculum.