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Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has created a new speaker series focusing on the critical workplace issues impacting women in the media.
The four-part series, “Women, the Media and the Workplace,” features leading female journalists from ESPN, NBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post, along with leaders and experts across the profession. Topics include how to handle sexual harassment in the workplace as well as how women and men can change the culture that allows sexual misconduct to happen.
The first talk, scheduled for Jan. 16, features Rebecca Corbett of The New York Times, Stephanie McCrummen of The Washington Post and Olivia Messer of The Daily Beast on their reporting of the national scandals that include Alabama politician Roy Moore, film producer Harvey Weinstein and others.
“Women, the Media and the Workplace” was developed by Julia Wallace, the Cronkite School’s Frank Russell Chair, who was a top media executive and the first female editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Our students will be the future leaders of the media,” Wallace said. “These in-depth conversations about gender will better prepare them so they can lead the charge in ensuring workplace safety and equity in newsrooms and more.”
According to Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan, the speaker series was the result of ongoing conversations over the past several months with students and faculty on how to provide students with the information and resources needed to be safe in the workplace.
The series comes amidst numerous reports of sexual misconduct in the media, entertainment, political and corporate worlds. In November, the Cronkite School rescinded the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism given to Charlie Rose in 2015 following detailed reports of sexual harassment by Rose.
“We owe a commitment to the young women and men in our school to provide them with the knowledge to help them make a positive impact on our profession,” Callahan said. “We look forward to these powerful talks from a remarkable lineup of speakers.”
The “Women, the Media and the Workplace” talks are open to the public and start at 7 p.m. in the Cronkite School’s First Amendment Forum on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. The complete schedule is below.
“Women, the Media and the Workplace” Schedule
Jan. 16: “Sexual Harassment: What It Took for Journalists to Break This Story”
A talk on how leading journalists uncovered and reported on the recent sexual harassment scandals. Panelists include:
Feb. 27: “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What to Do When You Encounter It?”
Advice for people who experience sexual harassment in the workplace and for the women and men that hear about it. Panelists include:
March 20: “What Women and Men Can Do to Change the Culture that Allows Sexual Harassment”
A discussion on how to change the culture that fosters sexual harassment and the tough challenges for media. Panelists include:
April 10: “Beyond Sexual Harassment: What It Takes for Women to Succeed in Media Today”
A discussion of important issues, such as pay equity, balancing life at work and home, and making sure you’re taken seriously in the workplace. Panelists include: