Women in journalism: Reading list 7/1/2012

The Gender Report provides a weekly round-up of links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. The links below are to noteworthy articles on topics related to women in journalism and the media during the past week. Articles included in this feature do not necessarily reflect the views of The Gender Report or its writers. View past week’s round-ups here.

Sexual assault

A female journalist wrote of being sexually assaulted in Egypt’s Tahrir Square in a blog post this week. Natasha Smith, a British journalist and student, reported that she had been assaulted by a mob during celebrations marking the announcement of the results of Egypt’s presidential election. Her post quickly garnered attention across the web, and many drew parallels to a very similar attack on CBS correspondent Lara Logan more than a year ago. Read Smith’s post along with related reports below:

“Please God. Please make it stop.” (by Natasha Smith)

Another journalist reports sex assault in Tahrir Square (Committee to Project Journalists)

UK journalist assaulted in Tahrir Square: ‘Please make it stop’ (CNN)

Egypt’s Sexual Harassment Epidemic (Daily Beast)

Where are the women?

Newsweek/Daily Beast released a “Digital Power Index” this week in which women were only seven out of 100 honorees. Just the week before Foreign Policy offered up a Twitterati 100 list that was nearly 90 percent male (sparking the compilation of FPwomerati – 100 women to follow included in last week’s reading list). Here are some of the responses to the lack of women on these “top” lists:

Invisible Woman: Who’s missing from this list? All the digital ladies! It’s time to look where we’re not looking. (by Rachel Sklar)

How To Stop “Power” Lists From Angering Women and Making Men Defensive (Slate’s Future Tense)

New Media’s Old Problem (New York Times’ On the Ground)

General interest links

Studies show Olympics commentary differs based on gender, race and nationality (UDaily)

-Study: Girls More Plugged in Than Boys (XX Factor)

Tech Leaders Partner With Girls Who Code to Boost Industry’s Female Presence (Mashable)

Nora Ephron Dead: Remembering Her Journalism Career (Huffington Post)

Ann Curry Says Emotional Goodbye to ‘Today’: ‘This Is Not as I Expected to Ever Leave This Couch’ (TV Newser)

Savannah Guthrie Named Co-Host of ‘Today’ (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter)

TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis: ‘I like the emotional part of the news’ (Poynter)

Q&A with Shirley Carswell, deputy managing editor at the Washington Post (International Women’s Media Foundation)

We encourage readers to submit suggestions of articles to include in future editions of this feature by sending an email to genderreport[at]gmail.com. For links to articles like these throughout the week, follow @GenderReport on Twitter.


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