Women in journalism: Reading list 9/23/2012

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.

Reading List

Opinion: Why do women still lag in journalism? (by Susan Antilla)

Moroccan Women in Journalism (Global Girl Media)

Poll: College women get election news from the paper, though they’d rather not (Poynter)

Women Created More Television Last Year, But Is It a Durable Sign of Progress? (ThinkProgress)

Why was a rape victim’s blog mentioned and quoted from in a story on a rape in Central Park, allowing readers to identify the woman? (Answer from Margaret Sullivan, public editor of The New York Times)

-Why Are There No Women Writers in Vogue’s Edith Wharton Spread? (Slate)

Behind ‘The Good Girls Revolt’: The ‘Newsweek’ Lawsuit That Paved the Way for Women Writers (Daily Beast)

Women who set world media trends (The Media Reporter)

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry tops the ‘Root 100′ list (Poynter)

A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution (Book by journalist Samar Yazbek)

Islamist militants seize and rename radio station in Mali (Committee to Project Journalists) Staff ordered to “to replace a female editor, Fatoumata Abdou, with a man”

A Reaction To The Backlash Against Mindy Kaling (Racialicious)

Alex Pham leaves Los Angeles Times for a job that gives her more flexibility (JimRomenesko.com)

Feature writer Sheila McClear leaves the ‘New York Post’ (Capital New York)

Mexican photojournalist Claudia Guadarrama documents the trauma of migration (Women News Network)

How Soledad O’Brien prepared for that contentious John Sununu interview (Poynter)

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Gender check: 6/12/12 – West

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Website: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, June 12, was titled “State lawmakers will start moving budget plan through Legislature.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 755

Author: Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, Assembly Budget Committee Chairman
  2. Female, spokeswoman
  3. Male, spokesman
  4. Male and female (joint statement), Senate and House Republican leaders
  5. Male, Democratic strategist
  6. Male, Senate President Pro Tem
  7. Male, governor
  8. Male, lobbyist


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, June 12, was titled “Seismic regulator must improve building plan oversight.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and legal (GMMP No. 27)

Word count: 688

Author:  Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, director of the Department of General Services
  2. Female, Senate Majority Leader

Gender check: 6/5/12 – West

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Website: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, June 5, was titled “Californians to test new primary system.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 803

Author: Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, political scientist


Website: California Watch

California Watch, 6/5/2012

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 9:30 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, June 5, was titled “Oakland school accused of abuse is overbilling taxpayers, records show.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and legal (GMMP No. 27)

Word count: 3,396

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, former student
  2. Male, former student
  3. Male, teacher and church leader
  4. Female, former teacher
  5. Male, fire department inspector
  6. Female, former student
  7. Male, spokesman for unified school district
  8. Female, education programs consultant for the department of education
  9. Male, oversees private school funding
  10. Male, former student
  11. Female, former student
  12. Female, mom of former students
  13. Male, former student
  14. Female, mom of former student
  15. Female, police department spokeswoman
  16. Male, spokesman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs
  17. Female, executive director of organization that funds scholarships for low-income students
  18. Female, grandmother of former student
  19. Male, father of student
  20. Female, student

Gender check: 5/29/12 – West

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Website: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5:10 p.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 29, was titled “Obama camp takes aim at Romney’s ties to Trump.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 370

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, deputy campaign manager
  2. Male, GOP presidential candidate


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 5:10 p.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 29, was titled “Texas firm targets Calif. homeowners with foreclosed 2nd mortgages.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Economy (GMMP No. 16)

Word count: 2,721

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male
  2. Male
  3. Male, lawyer in class-action suit
  4. Male, chief executive and main owner
  5. Female
  6. Unknown, judge
  7. Unknown, lawyer
  8. Male, attorney

Gender check: 5/22/12 – West

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Website: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:50 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 22, was titled “Ann Romney and dressage: A pricey private world.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 4)

Word count: 1,309

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, subject
  2. Female, spokeswoman
  3. Female, woman who bought horse
  4. Female, attorney


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 10:50 a.m. (PT) Tuesday, May 22, was titled “Overtime pay soars for state-run police force.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and government (GMMP No. 7)

Word count: 2,651

Author: Male (2)

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, entry level patrolman
  2. Male, commander
  3. Male, lobbyist
  4. Male, former chief of investigations
  5. Male, former detective
  6. Male, captain
  7. Male, criminal justice consultant