Public Media Journalists Association (formerly PRNDI), which represents local public media newsrooms around the country, is partnering with the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project to offer Workplace Integrity training to two member stations free of charge as part of a pilot project to work with stations to improve their cultures.
The Power Shift Project created the one-of-a-kind training to build stronger, healthier media organizations. The goal of the Workplace Integrity curriculum is environments free of harassment, discrimination or incivility, and full of opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it.
The workshops, custom-designed for media organizations, are positive and interactive, giving staffers a chance to have the kind of conversations they rarely have at work. Current, the publication about public media, featured the Workplace Integrity curriculum in a recent issue.
Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA)’s Executive Director Terry Gildea and Business Manager Christine Paige Diers are qualified as Workplace Integrity trainers, able to teach the one-day workshops for stations that contract for the service.
Now, thanks to a pilot project of the Freedom Forum Institute, PMJA will be able to waive the workshop fee (customarily up to $6,000 plus travel) for two PMJA member stations. The two stations will be chosen based on a number of factors including the desire to improve workplace culture and commitment to continuous learning for staff. Small stations and stations with a demonstrated commitment to diversity are encouraged to apply.
“Public Media Journalists Association is excited to be partnering with the Freedom Forum Institute on this important project,” said Gildea. “Obviously, public media is not immune to the issues of harassment, bullying and uncivil behavior, and we see it as one of our roles to work with stations to improve their cultures.”
“Through our training in the Workplace Integrity curriculum and our great relationship with the Freedom Forum Institute, we’re able to offer this training to our member stations and couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to provide it free of charge to a couple of lucky stations,” he said.
The Workplace Integrity training curriculum was designed by Loyola University Chicago’s Jill Geisler, a world-class leadership trainer and coach who is the Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership.
Since the Workplace Integrity curriculum was launched in June 2017, more than 100 media leaders, staffers and journalism educators have participated in “Train the Trainers” workshops, which prepare individuals in the news industry and journalism education groups to deliver this one-of-a-kind training curriculum in their own organizations
“The Workplace Integrity curriculum changes cultures because it is built on the input of the staff and the support of top leadership,” said Geisler. “People of good will work together to eliminate harassment, discrimination and incivility.”
The curriculum is built around the three pillars of critical thinking, courageous conversations and creating cultures of respect and trust. During training workshops, participants use critical thinking, creative role playing and group exercises to learn ways to prevent sexual harassment and misconduct and the behaviors that can lead to it, such as incivility and bullying.
In 2017, CBS Corporation awarded a grant to the Power Shift Project to expand the reach of its Workplace Integrity training and build capacity to work with minority journalism organizations and advocates for underrepresented populations to advance the goals and lessons of the curriculum to diverse audiences.