Testimonials


Lynne Adrine
Lynne Adrine

Director, D.C. Graduate Program, Broadcast and Digital Journalism
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University

“What distinguishes the Workplace Integrity curriculum from other diversity/inclusion/equity programs I’ve seen is that it always recognized the value and importance of civility. Even at the start of the recognition of the #metoo movement, Workplace Integrity had a more expanded view, going beyond harassment and fighting against discrimination in myriad forms. The idea of creating an environment which can support the best performance for all employees is critical for the 21st century workplace.”

Tamara Zellers Buck
Tamara Zellers Buck

Chair, department of mass media
Southeast Missouri State University

“[Students’] coverage is richer and much more thoughtful. I love listening to them debate about issues of equity and inclusion as they are … putting together the stories they cover.”

Amy Eisman
Amy Eisman

Director, Journalism Division
American University

“I love the word ‘shift’ as part of the title because we have been shifting goals. We hold on to the original goals but shift to new ones as they come up. Our students are hungry, hungry, hungry for leadership guidance.”

Jean Hodges
Jean Hodges

Senior Director of News Culture & Communications
Gannett

“As I’ve guided people through the Workplace Integrity training, I’ve seen people challenge their own biases and learn from one another about different approaches to difficult conversations. A healthy workplace is foundational for our staff to do their best work, and this training offers practical steps to get us there.

Elisa Lees Muñoz
Elisa Lees Muñoz

Executive director
International Women’s Media Foundation

“Our focus for the last couple of years and for 2022 is around safety. You really can’t have gender equity without safety, and you can’t have press freedom without a diverse news media.”

Fareed Mostoufi
Fareed Mostoufi

Associate director of education and DEI lead
Pulitzer Center

“Having staff be the trainers really shifted the sense of responsibility. … We were holding ourselves accountable to everything we said and did.”

Sue Ramsett
Sue Ramsett

Vice president and general manager
KWQC (Davenport, Iowa)

“We hear from our community ‘I see what you are doing! We like what you are doing.’ The importance of diversity and inclusion is no longer just a program we’re teaching. It’s who we are.”

Traci Schweikert
Traci Schweikert

Chief talent officer
Politico

“We all have a very important role to play in making sure that workplace civility is alive and vibrant in all of our newsrooms.”

Marie K. Shanahan
Marie K. Shanahan

Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Connecticut

“It will take time, toil, and resources to change the status quo in newsrooms and in journalism programs. There are some bright spots, though. One is the Freedom Forum’s Power Shift Project, which has been training journalism educators like me to help create workspaces free of harassment, discrimination, and incivility and ‘full of opportunity for those who have been traditionally denied it.’”

Amy Simons
Amy Simons

Associate Professor
John A. Walsh Faculty Fellow
Missouri School of Journalism

“I bring Workplace Integrity training into every aspect of our classroom and newsroom experience, having courageous conversations to build cultures of respect and trust among students, faculty and staff. When we use critical thinking to challenge assumptions the norm early in a young journalist’s career, we set the tone for journalism’s workplaces of the future.”

Rachel Smolkin
Rachel Smolkin

Senior vice president for global news
CNN Digital

“Support of our teams is the most fundamental thing we do. If we don’t get that part right, we’re not going to get anything else right for the business and, most important, for the audiences we serve.”

Mizell Stewart III
Mizell Stewart III

Vice president, news performance, talent and partnerships
Gannett/USA TODAY Network

“With each passing day, the importance of building inclusive workplace cultures is reinforced. What we’ve dealt with over the past couple of years with the pandemic and racial reckoning, Power Shift and its principles have really been ahead of their time.”

Marina Walker Guevara
Marina Walker Guevara

Executive editor
Pulitzer Center

“The Workplace Integrity Training gave us the space, concepts, and time for conversations about allyship that were eye-opening and helped increase trust among all of us.”

Jill Williams
Jill Williams

Deputy Editor/Features & Audience
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“What sets Workplace Integrity apart is how it uses real newsroom experiences to spark honest conversation among peers. It goes beyond theory to real life. I’ve marveled at how people share deeply personal moments about racism, discrimination, sexism, and gender inequality in newsrooms and how that has impacted them. Some told about experiences for the first time. Their candor opened the eyes of many people who are now challenging themselves to do better and be better.”