Who We Are

The Press Forward is an initiative founded by current, former and aspiring female journalists with a desire to find concrete solutions to the problems the industry is facing today. During the passion of the #MeToo moment, our cofounders envisioned creating systemic change in the news industry through specific initiatives- education, research and training. Our team works with industry leaders, journalists and students on issues including harassment and workplace rights, the pipeline to leadership and the future of work.
 
The Press Forward is a nonpartisan and independent organization, and it is a fiscally sponsored project within Community Initiatives, a San Francisco-based fiscal sponsor. Our goal is to create a blueprint for permanent culture change, adopted by executives at all levels of the industry – from local newsrooms to network newsrooms and, ultimately, scaled to other industries.
 
The issues we are facing today as a society are not gender issues, not race issues, they are ones of human decency. Together we can Press Forward to a new future in journalism.

Co-Founders

  • Melinda Arons
  • Dianna Pierce Burgess
  • Kyle Godfrey-Ryan
  • Katie Glenn
  • Dianna Goldberg May
  • Eleanor McManus
  • Gloria Sinclair Riviera
  • Lara Setrakian
  • Carolyn McGourty Supple
  • Shannon Van Sant
  • Cary Hughes Weekes
  • Addie Zinone