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Vol. 50, No. 4, Fall 2022

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Tracking Women’s Influence Across Media Platforms

Streaming entertainment television is offering more and better opportunities for women than broadcast television, suggesting – at least at this moment – a more progressive environment than women in the electronic arts have typically enjoyed. Independent films also offered strong opportunities for women. Women get fewer chances to speak on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to an AI-powered, large-scale analysis of interruptions. We summarize these studies and more in this issue.

Welcome Spotlighting of Journalism Sheroes

The energy that has always been evident in the way women journalists pursue stories and careers has received welcome attention recently in articles, reports, documentaries and feature films.  In this issue, MRTW lists some of the more significant accolades, with a bow to the women featured and those who profiled them.

Study: Younger News Consumers More Dialed in Than Previously Thought

An in-depth survey of 16- to 40-year-olds shows that members of the Gen Z and Millennial generations engage regularly with news sources. But their relationship with the news is complex — their trust in the press is low, many are experiencing digital fatigue, and they are worried about misinformation in both traditional and social media. Fully 9 out of 10 feel misinformation is a problem. Seven in 10 feel they personally have been victims of it.

From Down Under: Media Women in Australia Fighting Disadvantages   

The Industry Insight Report 2022 from Women in Media in Australia is a call to action for the media industry – flagging actions to be immediately addressed by employers. The survey of women working in diverse media roles across Australia found that 56% of women were dissatisfied or unsure about how to advance their careers. Women predominantly see the industry’s commitment to gender equality as insufficient: 42% define it as somewhat weak and 14% as very weak.

UNESCO: Nearly 9 in 10 Journalist Murders Result in No Penalties

On November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO renewed its call for all necessary measures to ensure that crimes committed against journalists are properly investigated and their perpetrators identified and convicted. New UNESCO data show that the global impunity rate for journalist killings remains shockingly high at 86%. Data shows that the impunity rate has fallen by only 9% in the last 10 years – UNESCO says it welcomes this progress but warns such a decrease is insufficient to succeed in stopping the spiral of violence.

J-students of Color More Vulnerable to Sexualized Harassment

A recent study conducted by three Northeastern professors confirmed the unfortunate reality that many journalism students who are women of color face while reporting the news: They are more likely to be exposed to “violent, sexualized harassment.” The study was the work of journalism professors Jody Santos, Meg Heckman and Myojung Chung. It involved anonymously surveying hundreds of graduate and undergraduate journalism students across the country about their experiences in the field, then conducting follow-up interviews with smaller groups.

Research in Depth: More than a Magazine – 20 years of O’ Inspiration by Marquita S. Smith, Dorothy Bland and Leah Smith

Research in Depth: Diana vs. Danvers: How Warrior Women Combat the Male Gaze in Female-Led Super-Hero Films by Benjamin Ellison

Plus News Briefs and Book Reviews!

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