Kelly McBride is Poynter’s senior vice president and chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter. She oversees all Poynter training, including our women’s leadership programs. Carolyn McGourty Supple is co-founder and co-leader of Press Forward, a nonprofit start-up dedicated to creating healthy newsroom environments.
Shortly after journalists began blowing open story after story of systemic harassment and assault in workplaces across America, from Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood to the halls of Congress, reporters discovered their own profession was prone to similar abuses of power.
In fact, at times over the last two years, as journalistic icons were dropping left and right, it seemed as if journalism might be more disposed than other professions to sexual harassment in the workplace.
Carolyn was a working mom who co-founded a non-profit to address workplace harassment and find solutions in journalism, while Kelly was providing ethical leadership to newsrooms nationally. Though we were still operating on separate but parallel paths, we each noticed a striking similarity in the collateral damage that sexual harassers had inflicted on this profession that we love.
Women described to us how they sacrificed their own career advancement, endured emotional turmoil, and avoided reporting (and thus missed out on great assignments). Men told us they wish they’d known how they could have helped.
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Although we’d never met before the spring of 2018,
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