One year: Gender Report kicks off week of anniversary coverage

A year ago this month, we founded The Gender Report as an effort to start a conversation about gender representations in online news. As such, this month also marks the completion of two year-long studies that have attempted to examine the presence of women as sources and authors of Internet news coverage.

We invite you to join us as we commemorate the occasion this week, with coverage stretching from Sunday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Feb. 5. To start, we’ll have daily posts uncovering what we’ve found in our first year.  These posts will unveil data from our year-long Gender Check monitoring project as well as our 12-month study of the articles in the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index. We’ll start the week with posts on the findings from the final month of both studies followed mid-week by the complete results from the full year examined from several different angles.

In addition, we’ll be providing a recap post of all that we’ve accomplished to date in our first year, a review of women in the news over the past year, and commentary on what we’ve learned and what our plans are for the future. Watch for this logo (right) as we start our coverage. In case you miss any of our one-year anniversary posts, you can view it all in one place here.

We’ll be discussing our findings on Twitter this week, so we invite you to join us there as well. In addition to the comment sections on posts, you can share your thoughts and ask us questions about our results and our projects using the #GRdiscuss hashtag. You can help us celebrate our anniversary by following The Gender Report on Twitter and Facebook or by encouraging others to do so.

We’d also like to take this chance to thank you, our readers and followers. We appreciate all of your support and encouragement this first year. It has meant a lot to us. We hope you’ll stick around to continue this dialogue about gender and the news media. We look forward to hearing from you in year two.

Check back for our first post of our year one coverage later today.

Marking a year at The Gender Report: Stay tuned…

Yesterday’s Gender Check from the Midwest represented more than just our usual monitoring of gender in lead articles from online news sites — it also marked a special occasion. The completion of this week’s Gender Checks means that we’ve conducted a full 12 months of our monitoring project and, in effect, can celebrate a year since we founded The Gender Report.

In light of this, we are gearing up for a week-long anniversary celebration filled with findings, statistics and commentary. Starting Jan. 29, you can expect to see daily posts commemorating one year here at The Gender Report. Watch for this logo (right) as we start rolling out coverage.

In the meantime, we are putting our weekly Gender Checks on hold until Feb. 6, at which time we’ll announce some changes to this project going forward as well as other additions to the site. Over this next week leading up to Jan. 29, you may see fewer posts from us, but that’s because we are busy crunching and analyzing numbers from our two year-long monitoring studies — Gender Checks and the New Media Index.

We’d also like to use this time to hear from you, our readers. We want to know what questions you have about our studies, what numbers you’d like to know and what you’d like to see from The Gender Report in our second year. Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #GRdiscuss.

Thanks for joining us for year one. We hope you’ll stay tuned for more.