Power Shift Project Graduates First Class in Workplace Integrity

Power Shift Project

Top row (from left to right): Marty Kaiser, Jennifer Legat, Margaret Holt, Karen Raffensperger, Rebecca Feldhaus Adams, Sharahn Thomas, Susan Ramsett, Mizell Stewart, Shirley Carswell, Lynne Adrine.
Middle row (left to right): Kat McKibben, Sonya Gavankar, Sharon Masling, Katherine Ellis, Jan Neuharth, Jill Geisler, Cathy Trost, Jan Goldstein, Kathleen Culver, Candy Altman, Roseann St. Aubin, Karen Testa.
Front row (left to right): Madhulika Sikka, Kate McCarthy, Elisa Lees Muñoz, Julie Moos, Jen Christensen, Traci Schweikert, Jean Hodges, Kim Vance, Diana Miller, Maryfran Tyler, Cindy Keith, Sandra Porteous.

On June 27, the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project graduated its inaugural class of 33 trainers who received certification to teach a Workplace Integrity curriculum to news organizations nationwide.

The custom-tailored training curriculum is designed to advance the Power Shift Project goal of workplace integrity, defined as environments free of harassment, discrimination and incivility — and filled with opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it. The Power Shift Project is a national, industrywide initiative to improve the quality and future of journalism by improving the diversity, equality and culture of news organizations.

The trainers are now qualified to teach the curriculum in their own news organizations while others can deliver the training to news organizations that don’t have their own training resources or would like to expand them.

“This curriculum is built by journalists for journalists, and speaks the language of the newsroom,” said Jan Neuharth, chair and chief executive officer of the Freedom Forum, during the workshop. “We hope it will equip you to leave here informed and inspired, ready to deliver this training in your own organizations.”

The Workplace Integrity curriculum was developed by Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership Jill Geisler of Loyola University Chicago, who conducts leadership, training and coaching in newsrooms around the world. The interactive curriculum is built around the three pillars of critical thinking, courageous conversations and cultures of respect and trust.

Over a two-day workshop held at the Newseum, participants experienced the training, saw it deconstructed and practiced delivering it in small work groups. They received a certificate of completion, a facilitator’s guide, case studies and other resources.

The workshop also included a briefing with experts from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Women’s Law Center on anti-harassment and discrimination law, and evidence-based best practices for creating safer, more diverse and inclusive workplaces.

The Power Shift Project also announced two additional Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers workshops to be held at the Newseum on Sept. 5 and 6, and Nov. 14 and 15. Applications will be accepted from individuals in the news industry and related educational organizations who could deliver the training in their own organizations or who would be committed to teaching the curriculum to other media organizations.

In addition, the Power Shift Project’s “go team” of certified trainers will soon be available to deliver the Workplace Integrity training to news organizations that would like to supplement or expand their own training. More information will be available shortly on the Power Shift Project website.

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