FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seanna Mullen Sumrak
Jill Geisler, Loyola University Chicago’s Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity,
Named Newseum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership
Geisler Will Lead the Power Shift Project
to Address Sexual Harassment in the News Industry
CHICAGO, February 14, 2018—The Newseum Institute announced the appointment of Jill Geisler, the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity in Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication, as the Fellow in Women’s Leadership. In this role, Geisler will help guide the Power Shift Project, a new initiative that combats sexual harassment in the news industry.
Geisler will oversee a series of publications and live events from the Newseum with experts providing training and tools to a variety of audiences on key issues related to harassment and discrimination.
“Jill brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience about journalism, about managing newsrooms, and about how we can always work to be ethical and lead with integrity,” said Don Heider, dean of Loyola’s School of Communication. “I think her role in joining with the Newseum will be a big win-win for us and one of the country’s premier institutions dedicated to preserving and promoting journalism.”
Geisler joined Loyola in 2015, bringing decades of hands-on leadership experience to the University. She began her broadcast journalism career as a TV reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. Geisler became a TV news director at the age of 27, leading an award-winning team for 25 years before joining the faculty at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. She holds a master’s degree in leadership studies, writes columns for leaders, and is the producer and author of her first podcast series and book, Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know. She also writes a monthly management column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Geisler continues to work with leaders in media organizations and helps to teach students who will become media leaders in the digital age.
Geisler’s appointment capitalizes on the momentum generated by the Newseum’s groundbreaking January 9 Power Shift Summit, which gathered media and journalism industry leaders together to generate a solutions-based discussion about what newsrooms and media organizations are doing now to deal with emerging cases of sexual misconduct. The Newseum released the “The Power Shift Summit Report: Ending Silence and Changing Systems in the Media Industry” in which more than 130 newsroom leaders, editors, reporters, educators, and advocates participated.
“Issues of equality, diversity and inclusiveness for women and people of color or those who have been marginalized have been part of the Newseum’s mission from the start,” said Jan Neuharth, chair and CEO of the Freedom Forum, the principal funder of the Newseum. “Last month’s extraordinary summit and the release of this report represent our deep commitment to diversity, and the belief that equality in newsrooms leads to stronger media organizations and better journalism for all.”
The report found that sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination are inextricably linked, workplace incivility and bullying are gateways to harassment, and change must be remedied through strong harassment reporting and training systems combined with women’s leadership, supported by both men and women at all levels of an organization. The report identifies seven key Power Shift Principles, lessons learned from the summit about workplace imbalances, and calls for the repair of systemic failures.
The report details substantive steps that news organizations can take to make it easier to report and prevent sexual harassment by training employees and managers to avoid bias and make newsrooms more equal. With the Power Shift Project, Geisler and the Newseum are looking to take those substantive steps and address the issue of sexual harassment, which plagues so many industries, in their own industry.
About the Newseum
The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. The Newseum also reaches millions of students through its robust offering of on-site classes and workshops. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit newseum.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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