Women in journalism: Reading list for 6/23/2013

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.

Reading List

#WomenEdsWeLove creator: Female editors ‘are not invisible’ & ‘they’re not that hard to find’ (Poynter)

Robbie Myers: Yes, Women’s Magazines Can Do Serious Journalism. In Fact, We’ve Been Doing It For A While (ELLE Magazine)

Here’s Why Women’s Magazines Don’t Produce “Serious” Journalism (XX Factor)

The WiCi Awards: Recognizing Women Changing Communications (Mashable)

Male Fox News guest to female Democratic consultant: “Know your role and shut your mouth” (Salon)

Why Trolling is Worse For Feminist Writers (Policy Mic)

At The Movies, The Women Are Gone (NPR)

Gloria Steinem on Digital as a Medium for Women’s Stories (Huffington Post)

Editor loses her home in fire, but it doesn’t stop the presses (The Gazette)

Ex-LAT editor Sallie Hofmeister signs on with Sitrick (LA Observed)

MSNBC.com adds Irin Carmon, others (JimRomenesko.com)

The Sun launches internship named for former newsroom leader Mary J. Corey (Baltimore Sun)

She’s Not Just Destined For Greatness, She’s Destined To Do Great Things For Women (Upworthy)

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Women in journalism: Reading list 3/31/2013

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.

Reading List

#EdgyHeadlines Flips Gender; Illustrates Misogyny In Media And Culture (Mediabistro’s All Twitter)

TIME’s list of top Twitter users is basically a boys’ club (by Meg Heckman)

From ‘Californication’ To ‘Veep’ The TV Shows That Hired No Women Or Writers Of Color In 2011-2012 (ThinkProgress)

BBC launches expert women database and YouTube channel (The Telegraph)

Atwood: How things have changed for women in journalism (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Is There Really Room to Debate Whether Women Can Lead? (New York Times)

Why asking & answering readers’ tough questions is helpful when covering rape (Poynter)

Somali women’s rights reporter Rahma Abdulkadir shot dead in Mogadishu (Guardian)

Venezuelan Cartoonist Threatened: Rayma Suprani (AWID)

Ahn Sehong’s captivating black and white photos of “Comfort Women,” Koreans forced into sexual slavery during World War II (New York Times Lens Blog)

Zanele Muholi, South African Photographer, Highlights Lesbians, Transgender Women (Huffington Post)

Introducing the Zubeida Mustafa Award for Journalistic Excellence (International Women’s Media Foundation)

‘Daily News’ steals ‘Post’ transit reporter Jennifer Fermino for its City Hall bureau chief (Capital New York)

Kenya: a public editor learns her value (Columbia Journalism Review)

Tuesday Q&A: Amanda Zamora on participation metrics, deeper engagement, and why ProPublica is heading to Reddit (Nieman Journalism Lab)

And that’s the way it was: March 25, 1934 – Gloria Steinem is born in Toledo, OH (Columbia Journalism Review)

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The debate: Is Newsweek’s cover of Michele Bachmann sexist?

It’s been all the “rage” across media platforms this week: Is this Newsweek cover of GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann sexist?

As soon as Newsweek posted this TwitPic of the week's cover Aug. 7, the debate began over whether the image of Michele Bachmann is sexist.

The cover (right) features a close-up of a wide-eyed Bachmann with the headline “QUEEN OF RAGE” that some are saying makes her look “crazy.” The accompanying story has received far less attention.

This isn’t the first time Newsweek has come under fire for its cover of a female politician. Many on both sides have drawn comparisons to a cover of Sarah Palin in running shorts two years ago that was deemed “sexist.” (This also isn’t the first time charges of sexism toward Bachmann have come up in campaign coverage and its not likely to be the last.)

Conservative commentators, like Michelle Malkin, have said the image shows the mainstream media’s liberal bias and have particularly called into question the treatment of conservative women.

Jessica Grose at Slate’s XX Factor said the cover was “unnecessarily unflattering” and pulled out past covers of Republican male candidates that were done using a serious tone (though these were before current editor Tina Brown took over the magazine, as was the Palin cover). Jon Stewart made a similar criticism of Newsweek’s cover photo during “The Daily Show” this week, noting “…Here’s what you can’t say about Michele Bachmann: That she is not photogenic.” (Watch the video here).

The National Organization for Women spoke out against the cover through the Daily Caller. From NOW President Terry O’Neill:

“It’s sexist… Casting her in that expression and then adding ‘The Queen of Rage’ I think [it is]. Gloria Steinem has a very simple test: If this were done to a man or would it ever be done to a man – has it ever been done to a man? Surely this has never been done to a man.”

Gloria Steinem herself has called the photo “borderline.”

Others, like Joan Walsh, have said Brown has “nothing to apologize for.” She points to the fact that there are plenty of shots of “a deranged-looking” George W. Bush, John McCain and Howard Dean that have cropped up in the past. She also linked to a piece from 2006 with what she called “crazy-scary” cover images of Al Gore and Sen. Mark Warner.

As for Newsweek, Brown responded by defending the cover and releasing outtakes from the shoot to show the other options the magazine had and that display a “similar intensity.” In a statement, Brown said, “Michele Bachmann’s intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek’s cover captures that.”

Bachmann herself has for the most part shrugged off questions about the cover by saying, “I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it really.”

What do you think? Is the cover sexist? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This is the Gender Report’s Week in Review, a weekly post that highlights some of the major stories related to gender issues this week. Some of these stories may have already appeared in our News Feed or in the week’s Gender Checks. We’ll at times include a longer analysis of stories as well as bring attention to stories that may have slipped through the cracks of the week’s news cycle.