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Archive for August, 2008

Media, Tech, Politics and What I will be Doing at the Democratic & GOP National Conventions 2008

smitchells Icon Posted by Shireen Mitchell

August 14th, 2008

I have been asked by the Women’s Campaign Forum to blog, post audio and video for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. I will be posting profiles of pro-choice Women Political Leaders in both parties. I will be talking to delegates, everyday “Women on the Street”, and keeping you updated on what is happening on […]

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C-Span: Following “Us” to the Conventions

smitchells Icon Posted by Shireen Mitchell

August 13th, 2008

A huge Media House has decided to follow (us) bloggers, twitters, podcasters and others to the conventions. C-Span has finally joined the social media community in a big way. They will be creating hubs for the Democratic and Republican conventions. Bloggers (Citizen Journalists) will have access to videos for embedding and a place to link to sources for the “on the ground” stories.

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Whose news, whose views?

ajosephs Icon Posted by Ammu Joseph

August 11th, 2008

The 3rd Gender & Media Summit got under way on Sunday in Johannesburg with a gala event at which Gender & Media Awards in ten categories, as well as two awards honouring journalists and media institutions for good practices and policies on HIV/AIDS and Gender, were presented to media professionals from various countries in Southern Africa. This post, however, is about the Gender and Media Diversity Centre which has the potential to emerge as a global hub for gender and media scholarship and activism.

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More women in politics, more women in media?

ajosephs Icon Posted by Ammu Joseph

August 11th, 2008

The first working session of the 3rd Gender and Media (GEM) Summit in Johannesburg featured a presentation that explored possible connections between the representation of women in politics and their appearance as news sources in the media.

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Wanted: Female Cartoonist

GuestBloggers Icon Posted by Guest Blogger

August 8th, 2008

By Guest Blogger Jen Sorensen

(illustration by Jen Sorenson)

Why are there so few female political cartoonists? I’ve been asked that question many times over the years. It’s OK, I don’t mind. We’re something of a rare breed. Exact statistics are difficult to find—even the national group Association of American Editorial Cartoonists can only estimate the national […]

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B-Word/Bitch Magazine seeks a program director!

azeislers Icon Posted by Andi Zeisler

August 8th, 2008

Here at Bitch, we’re in search of a perfect someone to join our tiny but dedicated staff as a program director (full-time) at our office in Portland, Oregon. Someone bright, with a deep talent and love for analyzing media/pop culture from a perspective rooted in social/economic justice, who’s passionate about both print publishing and newer […]

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The XY Games: Gender Testing & the Olympics

jboylans Icon Posted by Jennifer Finney Boylan

August 7th, 2008

N the 1936 Olympic Games, the sprinter Stella Walsh — running for Poland and known as the fastest woman in the world — was beaten by Helen Stephens of St. Louis, who set a world record by running 100 meters in 11.4 seconds. After the race, a Polish journalist protested that Stephens must be a man. After all, no woman in the world could run that fast.

Olympic officials performed a “sex test” on Stephens, who was found, in fact, to be female, proving once and for all that a person could be incredibly fast and female at the same time.

Forty-four years later,…

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Aging is NOT a Collection of Diseases

mgullettes Icon Posted by Margaret Morganroth Gullette

August 6th, 2008

No social gerontologist or cultural critic would say that aging is a “collection of diseases”–as Prof. David Sinclair of Harvard shockingly does in the Sunday Boston Globe issue on the so-called Boomers (July 27, 2008).
First of all, because 20% of those over eighty–aka “the aging”–have no chronic illnesses.
But mainly because–whether they suffer from illnesses […]

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Topics on Fire: Internet, Social Media & Poverty

smitchells Icon Posted by Shireen Mitchell

August 3rd, 2008

I was lucky enough to be invited to talk about the issues of poverty, digital divide, and what social media advocates could do about it. This is a very important issue to me because I work on poverty and the internet everyday. Some interesting developments in social media, the political elections, tech policies & government […]

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Media miss the importance of UN Resolution 1820

rookellos Icon Posted by Rosemary Okello-Orlale

August 1st, 2008

Something happened in June this year which is aimed at changing the lives of many women in the world, especially those who have been going through war or conflict. But, amazingly, the media missed it and only a few media outlets reported it, apart from the BBC, France 24, and a UN press […]

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