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. The Project’s goal is 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 Project was launched in January 2018 with the Power Shift Summit, where more than 130 newsroom leaders, editors, reporters, educators and advocates convened at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to discuss solutions to end sexual misconduct and promote opportunity for all.
Power Shift Summit 2.0, held on Jan. 15, 2019, brought together more than 100 media leaders to assess what’s changed since revelations of sexual harassment rocked the media industry. A report, “Power Shift Summit 2.0: #MeToo and the Media One Year Later,” highlights innovative changes in anti-harassment and workplace culture training, intentional efforts to recruit, promote and retain women and people of color, and a growing focus on safety and security in the field and online, where women and minorities are often viciously targeted.
The Power Shift Project offers training curriculum custom-tailored for media organizations. “Workplace Integrity: Train the Trainers” curriculum prepares people to deliver the training in their own organizations. The “Workplace Integrity” curriculum is built around three pillars: Critical Thinking, Courageous Conversations and Cultures of Respect and Trust. The curriculum provides a forum that carefully sets the table for people to think, talk and learn together, to put a stake in the ground for respect and decency, and chart their own path to culture change.
The Power Shift Project also produces live interactive training sessions on sexual harassment and discrimination, including “Power to the Interns: Strengthening Intern Preparation in a #MeToo World.” The archived session contains practical information about what educators and employers should know and do to ensure workplace integrity for the youngest and often most vulnerable people in the workplace.
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