Women in journalism: Reading list 5/13/2012

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

What We Look Like: A Comic About Women in Media (Truth-out)

What We’re Really Talking About When We Talk About Hillary Clinton Without Makeup (Jezebel)

Among Media Trailblazers (HuffingtonPost) – On Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century

Advocacy Group Asks ‘Why Kardashians?’ on Twitter (Mashable) – MissRepresentation holds a Twitter conversation about the “objectification of women in American media and culture.”

Applications for Progressive Women’s Voices are now open (Women’s Media Center) – Application deadline for training 11:59 p.m. June 4

Reporter, fired for stripping, charges gender discrimination (CNN)

Books: Journalist-author Anna Quindlen industry pioneer (Sacramento Bee)

NPR’s deputy managing editor of investigations departs (Poynter)

Robin Roberts interview with Obama a coup for ‘Good Morning America’ (Poynter)

Tamron Hall Reams Tim Carney, Cuts His Mic For Accusing Her Of ‘Media Trick’ (Mediaite)

Cate Barron succeeds David Newhouse as editor of The Patriot-News (PennLive.com)

Washington Post graphics director Hannah Fairfield to New York Times (Poynter)

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‘Miss Representation’ tackles media representations of women, girls

A documentary film aimed at challenging media representations of women and girls is now screening at a variety of locations and airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 20, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“Miss Representation,” which first premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. According to the film’s description, it draws attention to the ways the media’s “limited and often disparaging” representations of women and girls make it difficult for women to feel powerful or to move up into leadership positions. It includes interviews with a number of powerful and well-known women like Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, Rosario Dawson and Condoleezza Rice, but also asks teenage girls about their experiences.

We’ll let the trailer speak for itself:

You can join the movement inspired by the film by visiting missrepresentation.org to take a pledge to help spread the film’s messages and to help challenge these portrayals. You can also follow @RepresentPledge on Twitter and “like” Miss Representation on Facebook.

Update: Here are additional links to coverage of the film: