Power Shift Project Graduates Record Number of ‘Workplace Integrity’ Trainers from Leading Newsrooms and Universities

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The Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project hosted a record-breaking 55 media leaders for its unique “Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers” workshop Oct. 16-17 at Loyola University Chicago.

The Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project hosted a record-breaking 55 media leaders for its unique “Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers” workshop Oct. 16-17 at Loyola University Chicago.

Since launching the custom curriculum just 16 months ago, the project has graduated trainers from more than 150 media organizations, journalism schools and other institutions. Each two-day workshop prepares participants to deliver the one-of-a-kind integrity training curriculum in their own news organizations.

The workshops are built around three pillars of critical thinking, courageous conversations and building cultures of respect and trust. The goal is workplace integrity, or creating workplaces free of harassment, discrimination and incivility — and filled with opportunity, especially for those traditionally denied it.

In October, the Power Shift Project partnered with the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication for its fifth workshop this year. The workshop was led by Loyola University Chicago’s Jill Geisler, the Freedom Forum Institute’s Fellow in Women’s Leadership, who created the curriculum, custom-built for media organizations.

“I looked across the jam-packed room today and saw change in the making,” Geisler said. “These newsroom and classroom leaders are determined to create stronger, healthier workplaces now and for the future. We’re delighted to help them with tools to expedite that goal.”

The class of 55 graduates represents diverse media organizations including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Newsday, Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel, GateHouse Media, StoryCorps and the (Peoria) Journal-Star. Broadcast media participants included Canadian Broadcasting Corp., WGBH, WBEZ, NPR Illinois, KWQC-TV, WQAD-TV, KCRA-TV, KCTV, WAMU, KPNX, WUNC and KPOO Community Radio. Universities included Loyola University Chicago School of Communication, Missouri School of Journalism, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, along with the National Association of Science Writers and the Online News Association.

The Power Shift Project also announced six new training workshop dates for 2020. They are:

  • Jan. 29–30, Washington, D.C.
  • March 24–25, Washington, D.C.
  • June 25–26, Washington, D.C.
  • Aug. 13–14, Loyola University Chicago
  • Oct. 20–21, Washington, D.C.
  • Dec. 3–4, Washington, D.C.

Qualified applicants receive free tuition and travel support thanks to a generous grant from CBS Corp. Apply here for upcoming workshops.

The Power Shift Project is a national, industry-wide initiative to improve the quality and future of journalism by improving the diversity, equity and culture of news organizations.

We offer “Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers” curriculum, custom-tailored for media organizations, as well as other programming tailored to finding meaningful solutions to ending sexual misconduct and promoting opportunity for all.

We also convene annual industry summits to discuss progress and challenges in the pursuit of real, measurable change in the news industry and beyond.

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