Women in journalism: Reading list 3/25/12

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

State of the News Media 2012 (Project for Excellence in Journalism) – Five of top 20 newsmakers in 2011 were women.

Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Women in Journalism (Engenderings)

Four Women-Led News Projects Pick Up Prizes from McCormick Foundation (MediaShift Idea Lab)

JAWS CAMP Fellowships available for 2012 (Journalism & Women Symposium)

Channel 4’s gender equality under the spotlight as several key women leave (Guardian)

Dorothy Townsend dies at 88; L.A. Times reporter broke newsroom barrier (LA Times)

Equal access: Melissa Ludtke broke barriers as a female reporter (National Baseball Hall of Fame)

WaPo loses another top exec (Romenesko) – Jenny Abramson leaving to join a D.C.-based digital start-up

Melanie Sill, former Sacramento Bee editor, selected as KPCC’s executive editor (KPCC)

‘One of the Hardest-Working Women in Television Journalism’ (TVNewser) – On MSNBC’s Chris Jansing

Liberian Writer Mae Azango Forced Into Hiding for Story on Female Genital Cutting (Daily Beast)

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.


Looking back: Top posts of the year

This month marks a year since we founded The Gender Report. We’re taking a brief pause from our regular content this week while we gear up for our week-long celebration starting Jan. 29, in which we’ll share findings and commentary from our year-long studies and projects. In the meantime, review what we’ve been up to for the past 12 months by checking out the top five most read posts from our first year.

1. Where are the women in the Romenesko discussion?

Our most read post this year came in November 2011, when journalism industry icon Jim Romenesko resigned. We looked at the gender breakdown of those commenting on, discussing or writing about this announcement and the preceding allegations by the Poynter Institute.

2. Women breaking journalism’s glass ceiling: The ascent of Jill Abramson and others

This Week in Review from June 2011 highlighted women who were moving up the ranks in journalism. This included the announcement that Jill Abramson would be the new executive editor of The New York Times, the first woman to fill that spot in the paper’s 160-year history.

3. Week in Review: Women journalists in the news

The No. 3 post was a Week in Review from December 2011 in which we provided a round-up of stories about women in journalism ranging from the treatment of female journalists abroad to recent studies and discussions about women in newsroom leadership.

4. New study: Women hold less than one-third of top news media jobs

Our write-up on the International Women’s Media Foundation’s “The Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media” was our fourth most popular post. The study, which looked at more than 500 companies in nearly 60 countries, was released in March 2011.

5. Examining gender representations in the New Media Index

The introduction of our year-long study monitoring articles in the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index was our fifth most read post. This write-up included findings from the first four months of the study. Final results on the full year of this project will be released next week.