Posts Tagged Journalism

New report on sexual violence against journalists

This past winter, when news broke about reporter Lara Logan’s sexual assault in Egypt, Ann wrote that Logan’s decision to make the incident public was extremely personally and professionally brave, given the silence around sexual assault of journalists. Now, it seems it’s helped to break that silence in a pretty big way.

Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists released a special report, “The silencing crime: Sexual violence and journalists.” Over the last four months since Logan spoke out, CPJ has interviewed more than four dozen journalists, mainly women but also men, who’ve experienced various forms of sexual violence, from groping to gang rape, while on the job in countries across the world.

“Most of the individuals interviewed by CPJ ...

This past winter, when news broke about reporter Lara Logan’s sexual assault in Egypt, Ann wrote that Logan’s decision to make the incident public was extremely personally and professionally brave, given the silence around sexual assault ...

Jill Abramson to be first female executive editor at the New York Times.

Jill Abramson, the Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, will be replacing Bill Keller as the executive editor, making her the first woman ever in this position.

The New York Times writes,

Ms. Abramson will be the first woman to be editor in the paper’s 160-year history. “It’s meaningful to me,” she said of that distinction, adding, “You stand on the shoulders of those who came before you, and I couldn’t be prouder to be standing on Bill’s shoulders.”

Her selection is something of a departure for The Times, an institution that has historically chosen executive editors who have ascended the ranks through postings in overseas bureaus and managing desks like Foreign or Metropolitan.

Ms. Abramson came to The Times in 1997 ...

Jill Abramson, the Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, will be replacing Bill Keller as the executive editor, making her the first woman ever in this position.

The New York Times writes,

Ms. Abramson will be the ...

Thank you to the Sidney Hillman Foundation!

Last night, Vanessa, Miriam, Lori, Jos, Chloe and myself had the honor of attending the award ceremony for the  Sidney Hillman Foundation prizes for journalism. Thanks to Jessica, who submitted our work, Feministing was put on their radar and presented with the award for Blog Journalism. I think I speak for all of us when I say that being awarded amongst such company with such a prestigious jury was a surreal and gratifying experience for all of us.

The Sydney Hillman Foundation honors journalism that prioritizes the public interest. Sidney Hillman himself was the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America that later became Workers United and held a lifelong commitment to issues of workers ...

Last night, Vanessa, Miriam, Lori, Jos, Chloe and myself had the honor of attending the award ceremony for the  Sidney Hillman Foundation prizes for journalism. Thanks to Jessica, who submitted our work, Feministing was put on ...

Jeffrey Goldberg on how NOT to report about rape

Jeffrey Goldberg, writing for the Atlantic, joins the cacophony of people calling out the New York Times for their rape coverage which crosses the victim blaming line again and again.

He quotes a section from a recent NYTimes piece about a rape and has this to say in response:

Does it matter that she is friendly? Does it matter that she is a good person? Does it matter that she has never been a problem? Of course not. Rape is rape. The character of the victim is irrelevant. There’s one caveat to this idea: If reporters had discovered in the woman’s past a pattern of making false accusations in criminal matters, well, then there’s ...

Jeffrey Goldberg, writing for the Atlantic, joins the cacophony of people calling out the New York Times for their rape coverage which crosses the victim blaming line again and again.

He quotes a section from

Lara Logan speaks out about sexual assault in Tahrir Square

*Trigger warning*

“My sweater was torn off completely. My shirt was around my neck. I felt the moment that my bra tore- they tore the metal clips of my bra. I felt the air on my chest, on my skin… They literally just tore my pants to shreds.”

CBS reporter Lara Logan spoke to 60 Minutes last night about being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square in Cairo earlier this year. Logan has said that she will only tell this story once, but I hope that this one telling is heard by as many people as possible.


Transcript available here.

*Trigger warning*

“My sweater was torn off completely. My shirt was around my neck. I felt the moment that my bra tore- they tore the metal clips of my bra. I felt the air on my chest, on ...

Can the New York Times paywall save journalism?

Today, after a short trial run with their Canadian subscribers, the New York Times will start charging for some digital content.

This plan has been in the works at NYT for over a year, and has been receiving much praise and much criticism across the media world.

This paywall decision is particularly important in today’s media climate. We all know that more and more people are getting their news online. Well online advertising pays pennies to the dollar compared to what print advertising pays, and advertising is the shaky business model that most media outlets have been built on. That includes the NY Times.

Journalism isn’t cheap, and even as newsrooms have been shrinking and papers have been shedding reporters and staff, ...

Today, after a short trial run with their Canadian subscribers, the New York Times will start charging for some digital content.

This plan has been in the works at NYT for over a year, and has been ...

Ann Friedman parodies NY Times for ignoring women writers

The original:

ONE winter evening, Brian Beutler, 28, a reporter for the online publication Talking Points Memo, sat with his friend and roommate Dave Weigel, 29, a political reporter for Slate and a contributor to MSNBC, at a coffee shop on U Street. Recovering from a cold as snow fell outside, Mr. Beutler spoke about his younger — well, relatively younger — days in the city.

“Everyone’s gotten a little bit older and a little more boring,” Mr. Beutler said, speaking of a wave of Washington bloggers who have come of age together. “Four years ago, we were far less professionalized, and the work was less rigorous and less stressful. So in addition ...

The original:

ONE winter evening, Brian Beutler, 28, a reporter for the online publication Talking Points Memo, sat with his friend and roommate Dave Weigel, 29, a political reporter for Slate and a contributor to ...

Campus Sexual Assault News Round-Up (What’s In Your Student Newspaper?)

A student at the University of Maryland used the Yale fraternity situation to take to her school’s newspaper and encourage her peers to think about how their language influences their behavior. Right on, Andrea: Our language cements destructive and outdated gender norms, which dictate that sex is a commodity women keep from men and a woman’s decision to have multiple partners makes her less valuable.”

A PAVE member over at UW-Madison wrote a great piece for the school’s newspaper about how complicated abusive relationships can be and why it’s important for friends to be supportive, rather than judgmental. And speaking of dating violence, the University of Mary Washington is launching a dating violence awareness campaign this month. It’s ...

A student at the University of Maryland used the Yale fraternity situation to take to her school’s newspaper and encourage her peers to think about how their language influences their behavior. Right on, Andrea: Our language ...

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