Power Shift Project

an initiative promoting workplace integrity on behalf of women in the news industry


The project’s goal is to create workplaces free of harassment, discrimination and incivility, and full of opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it.

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COVID 19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

April 8, 2020, 1 p.m. EDT
The Power Shift Project hosts a webinar with Freedom Forum fellow Jill Geisler debriefing leaders of the top professional journalism organizations, including the Institute for Nonprofit News; Investigative Reporters and Editors; Local Independent Online News Publishers; Local Media Association; National Press Photographers Association; News Leaders Association; Online News Association; OpenNews; Radio Television Digital News Association; Society for News Design; and Society of Professional Journalists. The panelists will discuss covering the coronavirus pandemic while caring for dedicated teams.

Power Shift Summit 2020 Report

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, the Freedom Forum’s Power Shift Project gathered leaders across journalism and the media industry to explore the critical role that individuals can play in fighting harassment and discrimination.

School hosts Power Shift training to equip faculty, staff with resources to help provide workplaces free of discrimination and harassment

The faculty and staff at the Missouri School of Journalism participated in training to fight against gender-based harassment and discrimination, and seek workplace integrity.

Watch the Webinar: Do You Qualify as an Ally?

This webinar presented by Jill Geisler on Nov. 15, 2019, provides practical insights for men who want to be allies to women, people of privilege who want to do more to fight inequity and powerful individuals who want to be better advocates for change.

Workplace Integrity Training at Public Media Stations

The Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) spent two days in October training more than 50 staff members at St. Louis Public Radio using the Power Shift Project’s Workplace Integrity curriculum.

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

A record-breaking 55 media leaders participated in the project’s one-of-a-kind “Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers” workshop Oct. 16-17 at Loyola University Chicago.

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The Freedom Forum Institute is committed to promoting workplace integrity, defined as eliminating sexual harassment and creating opportunities for all. This is the goal of the Power Shift Project, an outgrowth of the Power Shift Summit that was held at the Newseum in January 2018. The project helps journalists and newsroom leaders implement the solutions identified at the summit, which are detailed in the Power Shift Report below.

Jill Geisler, the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago, will help guide the Power Shift Project as the newly appointed Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership.

The resources and programs of the Power Shift Project are designed for leaders, HR professionals, educators, employees and interns, and the lessons can be applied to all sectors of the workforce — not just the media. We invite you to use our resources in your classroom or workplace, participate in our programs and engage with us on social media. Together we can make the workplace a safer, more empowering environment for all.

COVID-19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism


Sixteen newsroom, education and industry leaders gathered for a Power Shift Project webinar led by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership, on Monday, March 23.

Webinar Recaps, Resources and Video

About the Power Shift Project

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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.

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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Power Shift Project’s diverse advisory board is made up of women and men who are leaders of media companies, educational institutions and journalism associations.

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Workplace Integrity Training

Power Shift Project

The Power Shift Project offers one-of-a-kind interactive training for media organizations to advance the goal of workplaces free of harassment and discrimination.

Unfortunately, with the evolving nature of the COVID-19 virus, the March 24-25 training has been cancelled.

Next Workshop: June 25-26, 2020

Do You Qualify As An Ally?

Do You Qualify As An Ally?

10 (of many) ways to earn that distinction.

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Power Shift Summit 2.0 Report

Power Shift Summit 2.0 Report

Results from Power Shift Summit 2.0 are summarized in this report.

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Assignment Desk

Power Shift Summit 2.0 Assignment Desk

Ideas and resources about under-covered stories of sexual misconduct and discrimination across all industries.

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Power Shift Videos

Power to the Interns

Watch videos from recent Power Shift events, including “Power to the Interns” and the Power Shift Summit.

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Find free resources to use in your workplace or school, including handouts and reference materials.

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Make the Power Shift Pledge

Please join us in taking the #PowerShiftPledge, and commit to eliminating sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.

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Generous support for the Power Shift Project has been provided by CBS Corporation, Gannett Foundation/USA TODAY NETWORK and the SPJ Foundation.