NEW YORK — A support network for victims of sexual misconduct in newsrooms has appointed an advisory board that includes CNN’s Jake Tapper and PBS’ Judy Woodruff and wants to fund a study to give news organizations specific ideas on keeping women safer.
The group Press Forward launched a website Tuesday and was hosting a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington that included Tapper, Woodruff and former ABC “Nightline” host Ted Koppel.
The group of sexual misconduct victims in journalism came together late last year following stories that led to the firings of well-known figures including Matt Lauer of “Today,” Charlie Rose of “CBS This Morning” and NBC News’ Mark Halperin. Now they want to go beyond providing each other support.
“There is so much that we want to do,” said Dianna Burgess, a former “Nightline” producer who is one of the group’s organizers. “We really want to work together with people within the industry and outside the industry to create safer environments for women. … We sort of feel like the system failed in so many ways.”
Press Forward’s website defines sexual assault and offers advice to women for what they should do if they feel harassed. It also lists “rules of thumb” for people in dealing with the opposite sex at work.
Rule one: “Don’t be a jerk.”
Burgess said it was important for newsroom leaders not to feel threatened by Press Forward. “The only way to do this is to be collaborative,” she said. “We want to work with newsrooms and victims and experts.”
The study will let experts weigh in on the best steps news organizations can take to create safe environments, and the best way for newsroom managers to be trained. Even after the firings of prominent journalists for misconduct issues, Burgess said Press Forward members still heard regularly …read more
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