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IWD Ignored by News

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March 8th, 2008

Why do the news media ignore our annual March 8 commemoration of women, International Women’s Day?

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Crisis in civil & women’s rights

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November 9th, 2007

Our nation has before it both a civil rights and women’s rights crisis in media ownership. Our failed federal communications policy has enabled those with great wealth and power to buy and control more than 90% of our public airwaves. These powerful owners have a narrow demographic: They are nearly all male and all white. This predicament of gender and racial inequality in ownership is discriminatory on its face.

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3 Weeks to FCC’s comment deadline

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September 8th, 2007

With only three weeks left until the Oct. 1, 2007, deadline for submission of comments on FCC studies, this is a reminder to read those studies now and submit yours. I emphasize, this is an urgent task for all of us.

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Public Comments Sought on New FCC Studies

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August 2nd, 2007

On July 31, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) released 10 new studies on broadcast industries in the United States, including several specific to women and racial minorities. The studies each say something important about broadcast ownership and will be used by the Commission to reshape communication regulations.

All have important implications for women, people of color, youth and other underrepresented groups.

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Fixing sexist news coverage

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July 23rd, 2007

It is long past time for US feminists to take a cue from our South African sisters who are forging an institutional approach to the problem of how media treat women as both news subjects and professional journalists.

Gender Links was formed by a multicultural group of feminist journalists several years ago in South Africa to address structural inequalities in the news media that lead to sexist coverage and discrimination in hiring and promotion.

The group, headquartered in Johannesburg, is run by women but involves both men and women in its work, which includes:

      monitoring the coverage of women,
      conducting surveys on gender equity in employment,

      training career print and broadcast journalists,
      mobilizing well-targeted campaigns, and
      advocating for media-related legislation.

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Gender and race in media ownership: Ugly truths at a critical moment

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October 28th, 2006

It’s been a couple of hot weeks for new studies on media ownership, a number of them shedding light on the extreme marginalization of women and people of color in broadcast industries. Two of these were studies that I conducted, one of them jointly. (Click here for a PDF of the media ownership report.)
One […]

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Women’s Media Ownership Matters

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September 20th, 2006

All one has to do to remember why women should own more media companies is to watch some of the TV shows passing for public affairs programming these days.
Last week’s episode of Scarborough Country is fresh in my mind. Host Joe Scarborough brought WIMN’s own Jennifer Pozner, Huffington Post’s Rachel Sklar and GOP […]

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Women & media policy

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April 25th, 2006

In the months ahead, I will be exploring media policy from a feminist perspective. Through regular postings, I hope to bring to light a range issues and events related to media policies, both within the industries and at national and international public-policy levels. I will also emphasize events that need our involvement. […]

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