Newsroom Trainings

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Newsroom Culture

Workplace Integrity
As a facilitator certified by the Freedom Forum Institute and the Power Shift Project, I’ll lead your newsroom staff in this interactive curriculum, custom-tailored for media organizations. Workplace Integrity is built around four pillars: Critical Thinking, Courageous Conversations, Do You Qualify as an Ally and Cultures of Respect and Trust. The curriculum uses critical thinking, creative role playing and group exercises to teach ways to proactively prevent sexual harassment and misconduct and the behaviors that can lead to it, such as incivility and bullying. But more than that, this unique approach sets the table for candid conversations that people would not otherwise have about working in productive and creative cultures of respect, helping them see the world through others’ eyes in an open-minded atmosphere of trust.

The curriculum is designed to eliminate harassment, discrimination and incivility in the workplace; and is full of opportunity, especially for those who have traditionally been denied it. At the completion of the course, your newsroom will have the tools to become a better, more respectful and equitable workplace. Curriculum participants include Gannett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, among others.

This curriculum is custom-tailored for media organizations and will cover the following concepts:

  • Critical Thinking: How to analyze common workplace exchanges related to harassment, discrimination and incivility — checking facts, providing context, identifying bias, surfacing assumptions and challenging logic;
  • Courageous Conversations: How to better understand conflict and responses to it. How to speak proactively (introducing subjects) and reactively (responding to the words and actions of others) to ensure workplace integrity;
  • Do You Qualify as an Ally: 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.
  • Cultures of Respect and Trust: How to assess and improve your workplace culture.