Women in journalism: Reading list for 12/1/2013

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

Michelle Obama, “feminist nightmare”? How lazy journalism hurts feminism  (Salon)

Gender Inequality in Film [Infographic] (New York Film Academy)

Debating role of women in sports media (Sports Illustrated)

Panel discusses women’s role in digital age of journalism (The Source)

It’s official: Katie Couric will join Yahoo News (Poynter)

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.

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Women in journalism: Reading list for 7/7/2013

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

Men, for the most part, still run newsrooms (Pew Researcher Center Fact Tank)

Journalism safety: INSI to offer training to female reporters in Egypt (Journalism.co.uk)

Female Foreign Journalist Gang-Raped in Horrific Tahrir Square Attack (Jezebel)

Egypt’s Plague of Sex Attacks (The Daily Beast)

Media boys’ club can’t afford to ignore women (The Globe and Mail)

UN Women Partners with Geena Davis on First-ever Global Gender in Film Research Study (UN Women press release)

Three Women Serve on the Supreme Court, and the New York Times Is on It (XX Factor)

Let’s get visual? On Pink tennis shoes. Pink stilettos. Purse boys. Pantsuit aficionados. (by Lindsey Meeks)

Woman’s work: The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria (Columbia Journalism Review)

Q&A: Liberian Journo, Melissa Chea-Annan (ReportHers)

Monday Q&A: Denise Malan on the new data-driven collaboration between INN and IRE (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is staying, but Megyn Kelly moving to prime time (Poynter)

Amy Chozick to cover the Clintons for New York Times (JimRomenesko.com)

Soledad O’Brien Joins Al Jazeera America (The Wrap)

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.

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)

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.

‘War on Women’ rages on this week

Filling the majority of the gender-related news hole this week, and throughout the month of February, was the ongoing Republican action on the issues of abortion and women’s health that have been called a “War on Women.”

On the federal level, the U.S. House of Representatives voted at the end of last week as part of a spending bill to eliminate funding to Title X programs, which help low-income families with family planning and contraception, and block Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding. Roughly a third of Planned Parenthood’s budget comes from federal, state and local governments, according to a New York Times article.

Though the focus of the debate is around its abortion services, the organization doesn’t currently receive federal funds for abortions. The organization’s website highlights that only about three percent of all its health services are abortion related. Planned Parenthood provides family planning, cancer screenings, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other services for both men and women but particularly for low-income women.

The House vote was emotional, being preceded by Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier sharing her personal experience with abortion on the floor.

In response to the decision, a campaign to stand with Planned Parenthood was launched, along with a petition and other letter writing campaignsto legislators. A “Rally for Women’s Health” is planned for today, Feb. 26, in New York. A number of public figures have spoken out on the issue this week from Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Some of the other budget actions that would affect women include cuts to international family planning (including barring funds from going to the United Nations Population Fund), Head Start and Women Infant Children (WIC) program, which provides food and nutrition assistance for low-income women with children under age 5.

Several state legislatures were in the news for reproductive health and abortion issues in the past week. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A proposed Georgia law could give the death penalty for miscarriages (as described by Mother Jones)
  • Virginia’s General Assembly voted Thursday that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals in a move that may put the majority of the clinics out of business.
  • Iowa bills that would allow for “justifiable homicide” in defense of an unborn child, similar to legislation introduced and shelved in South Dakota earlier this month and proposed in Nebraska, have stirred concerns that they could be used to condone the killing of abortion doctors.

Also making headlines was a controversial anti-abortion billboard erected in New York City this week (and subsequently taken down) that angered some residents. The board showed a young black girl with the words “the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.”

Also in the news: Movie time

With the Academy Awards slated for Sunday, in discussion is the representation of women in the film industry, including looks at the “most powerful women” at this year’s Oscars.

Following last year’s history-making awards season in which a woman (Kathryn Bigelow) won the coveted best director award for the first time, no women are up for the prize in 2011. Additionally, no women are up for awards in cinematography. For writing, only nominees for “Winter’s Bone” for adapted screenplay and “The Kids Are All Right” for original screenplay have female authors listed.

A study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University in 2010 found that women made up only “7 percent of directors, 10 percent of writers, 15 percent of executive producers, 24 percent of producers, 18 percent of editors and 2 percent of cinematographers,” according to a post by Martha Lauzen for the Women’s Media Center.

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.