As March comes to an end, it also marks the end of Women’s month. Due to the intense coverage of COVID-19, women around the world may not have been celebrated as much as they should be recognized. So let’s take week’s newsletter to take stock of where the world of female journalists stands.
Behind the First Female Political Reporters in the UK: Kate Proctor for the Guardian highlights the important work done by some of the first female journalists in the United Kingdom. For instance, Marguerite Cody of Daily News and Miss E Cohn (first name forever lost in the mists of history) of the Central News agency were the first female reporters to have been granted permission to watch Parliamentary proceedings in Westminster. The story reflects the attitude towards women in journalism during the early 1900s, and it isn’t pretty. But it’s an interesting read.
Women and Leadership in the News Media 2020: Evidence from Ten Markets: Reuters takes a peek at the data on female leadership in newsrooms. The work, by Simge Andi, Meera Selva and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, finds among other things, that 23% of the top editors across the 200 major outlets are women — but on average, 40% of journalists in the ten markets are women. Much of the information states that women are still underrepresented in leadership roles in newsrooms and news media, despite the fact that they are growing in numbers in the newsrooms themselves. Visual graphs of the data can also be found via this article.
Can an App Help Make Female Journalists Safer?: JSafe, a new app founded by Kat Duncan from Reynolds Journalism Institute, is targeted for female journalists who may be in danger of physical threats or harassment during their jobs. According to Euronews, this app allows female journalists who feel threatened to submit a form where they can report harassment they are experiencing, and provide photo or video evidence. The also app allows them to grade the level of threat they are feeling, whether it be minor or severe.