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Vol. 47, No. 1, Winter 2019

Women Broadcast Journalists Navigate Continued Challenges

Information continues to emerge about the complexities facing highly visible television journalists who are focused on being professional in the face of news consumers and supervisors who regard them as something else, and don’t hesitate to tell them so, or tell others.  It’s the downside of being a public face reporting and delivering news.  It’s not just reporters in international hot spots who are feeling the heat.  Local U.S. TV market staff are on the receiving end of flaming online and boundary-crossing harassment from news consumers.  And women at the zenith of their TV reporting and anchoring careers are too often finding themselves terminated in favor of younger, less-costly, talent.

Thoughts on A Year of  Publishing Only Women

UK Publisher “And Other Stories,” founded by Stefan Tobler, declared in 2017 that in 2018 it would publish only books by female writers.  Looking back, it was a worthwhile experiment, he says in an interview with Northern Soul. “It was on our radar because we do a lot of translations and we were aware that there is a massive inequality in the number of male and female writers being translated into English,” he says. “For every woman that is translated, around two men are translated and that’s been a statistic for quite a while.”

Hollywood: Welcoming New Players or Stuck in A Sexist Past?

Yes, it’s true: movies starring women make more.  There’s data that prove it, flying in the face of the old Hollywood conundrum that male leads move a movie straight to the bank.  Not so, according to a findings from the Creative Artists Agency and shift7, a company started by the former United States chief technology officer Megan Smith: the top movies from 2014 to 2017 starring women earned more than male-led films, whether they were made for less than $10 million or for $100 million or more. The research also found that films that passed the Bechdel test, which measures whether two female characters have a conversation about something other than a man, outperformed those that flunked it.

Research in Depth: Ignoring Our Own Cultural Imperialism: New York Times’ International Coverage of Birth Control 1960-2002 New York Times’ International Coverage of Birth Control 1960-2002 by Ana C. Garner and Christina Mazzeo

Research in Depth: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Gender Income Gap in Public Relations in the U.S. 1979-2014 by David Dozier, Katie Place, Jennifer Vardeman, Hilary Fussell Sisco, and Bey-Ling Sha

Commentary: Conservative Media Take Aim at Take-Charge Women by Sheila Gibbons

Commentary: Women’s Magazines in Flux by Linda Kramer Jenning

Plus News Briefs and Book Reviews!

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