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NABJ contributes to Freedom Forum Institute's Power Shift Summit 2.0

Thursday, November 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
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NABJ contributes to Freedom Forum Institute's 
Power Shift Summit 2.0


NABJ President Sarah Glover to help keep the Spotlight on #MeToo in Media

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2018) -- On Jan. 15, 2019, the Freedom Forum Institute's Power Shift Project will convene the Power Shift Summit 2.0 at the Newseum. The summit will gather invited leaders across journalism and the media industry to focus on #MeToo and the media, one year later.


National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) President Sarah Glover participated in the inaugural Power Shift Summit, held Jan. 9, 2018. The gathering gave voice to more than 130 diverse media leaders, journalists, educators, survivors and advocates in the wake of sexual misconduct scandals in the news and other industries. The summit explored the systems and silence behind the abuses and resulted in recommendations and a call for action for meaningful and sustainable culture change.


A year after the first Power Shift Summit, it's time for those voices — and others — to be heard again.


Power Shift Summit 2.0 will engage participants in a series of conversations about what's changed and what hasn't over the past year, promising practices and strategies, identifying the leaders on the vanguard of change and sharing the untold and overlooked stories about sexual misconduct in the workplace and beyond.


The summit will feature news industry leaders at the forefront of advocating and creating change, as well as journalists who have covered sexual misconduct stories across the country. Reporters will join with diverse experts and advocates for a session on tips and topics for coverage and identifying overlooked and under-covered stories in the workplace and beyond.


A highlight will be a conversation with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic and Commissioner Chai Feldblum, co-chairs of the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. They will discuss the latest EEOC data on sexual harassment, as well as the role of leadership, accountability, training and organizational culture change in preventing and stopping harassment.

More details about conversation leaders and topics for the summit will be announced in the coming weeks.


At 2018's Power Shift Summit the focus was on a newsroom culture that protects the powerful, lacks diversity and discourages open conversation about the factors that play a major role in sexual misconduct, including the links between sexual misconduct and discrimination, as well as the intersections among gender, race and ethnicity, age and power.


The discussions were summarized in the Power Shift Summit Report, which identified seven key Power Shift Principles, or lessons learned about workplace imbalances that are used to protect the powerful while intimidating and silencing others, especially young women. The report identified steps to repair systemic failures that have allowed sexual misconduct and discrimination to thrive, along with tactics to create sustainable change.


As a result of the summit, the Power Shift Project was launched as an industry-wide response to concerns about sexual misconduct in media organizations and a catalyst for change to create safer, more equal and diverse newsrooms. The project provides custom training, education and resources while also raising public awareness and support for building workplace cultures that support diversity, inclusion and equality.


The Power Shift Project's new "Workplace Integrity" training curriculum was designed by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women's Leadership and Loyola University, and the curriculum is built around the three pillars of critical thinking, courageous conversations and creating cultures of respect and trust. The overall goal is workplace integrity - defined as environments free of harassment, discrimination and incivility, but filled with opportunity, especially for those who have historically been underrepresented in media's most powerful roles. 

The Power Shift Project draws on an advisory board of members representing a wide group of media organizations and from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, along with experts on legal and other issues.


Because of space limitations, the summit is invitational, but media industry leaders and educators interested in attending may contact for more information. The 2019 summit will be livestreamed on the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #PowerShiftSummit.

Media Contact:                                                                                            
Sonya Gavankar                               
About the National Association of Black Journalists
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.

About the Freedom Forum Institute
The Freedom Forum Institute is the education and outreach partner of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum. The Institute includes the First Amendment Center, the Religious Freedom Center, the Newseum's education department and diversity and inclusion programs. The Freedom Forum Institute's affiliate organizations include the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota, the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi and the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University. The Freedom Forum Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum.

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