Job scarcity, unpredictable hours, power imbalances on staff, deadline pressures. For decades now, the fast-paced, high-stress culture in newsrooms has created conditions in which abuse of power and sexual harassment may occur. But it’s only recently that the bad behavior is getting the attention it deserves. Thanks to a landmark 2014 study by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), we now know that nearly two-thirds of female journalists will face harassment, most likely in the workplace, and it won’t be reported. Coupled with a recent survey of journalists showing that most news organizations are failing at onboarding their staff with awareness of sexual harassment policies, one organization is dedicated to finally changing this dynamic.
By Kimberly Sevcik | Director, International Engagement, ITVS
Many of us who work in media believe that social documentaries and storytelling can change hearts and minds and even behavior—and with the field’s growing emphasis on impact measurement, Independent Television Service (ITVS) set out to prove it.
Editor’s note: Much like Hollywood and the entertainment and media industries, the culture of sexual harassment at Silicon Valley tech companies is no longer a shameful open secret. Over the last few months, several high-profile men in tech have resigned or been fired over allegations of sexual harassment.
By Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival
Next week, Double Exposure (DX), a project of the news organization 100Reporters, will open its doors to celebrate the newest documentary films inspired by investigative instinct, combining public screenings with a professional symposium for journalists and visual storytellers.
Media Impact Funders members receive a special 15% off discount on passes with the code DX17IMF. Register now while passes last.
What impact can foundation-funded media have in the contested discourse over reproductive rights around the world? In this guest post, Kristen Mahoney of the WestWind Foundation, based in Charlottesville, Va., explains the strategy behind supporting AMAZE—a project designed to make sex education approachable, engaging and informative for very young adolescents.
The recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., has thrust racist ideas into the national conversation in ways Americans haven’t experienced before. Of course, tensions around race relations in the U.S. have been steadily building over the past few years, with high-profile protests around police shootings and a resurgence in hate groups. Intolerance in the streets has mirrored a spike in divisive rhetoric online, where trolls “drown out the voices of women, ethnic and religious minorities, gays—anyone who might feel vulnerable,” observes Joel Stein in Time. But most disturbingly, these same sentiments can now be heard in the highest corridors of power.