Reading List: Who Run the World?

Reading List graphicIt’s difficult to pin down current and comprehensive stats on women and pubmedia. The best raw data hibernates in reports filed by public stations to CPB. In 2013 MVM Consulting’s Michael Marcotte analyzed those reports and found that, while pubmedia newsrooms stack up favorably next to their commercial doppelgangers, pubmedia isn’t immune to gender disparity.

As Ernesto Aguilar, of KPFT in Houston, said in an April #pubmedia tweet-up about women and leadership, “Diversity isn’t going to work itself out in the wash.” So how can we actively encourage a more diverse pubmedia workforce? INN’s Lisa Williams wisely noted that if you want a diverse room and parity, invite people. The chat, hosted by PMP’s Kristin Calhoun, cofounder of the newly formed women’s mentoring project, and TPT Rewire’s Andi McDaniel, is tidily storified here.

This week we pulled together articles on women and media leadership that cover everything from salary negotiation and pitching to the dearth of satisfactory on-screen heroines.

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• Who Narrates the World? | by the OpEd Project for

A brilliant study from 2012 that analyzes op-ed bylines. Come for the disturbing statistics on legacy media and “pink” subjects, stay for the flicker of hope (40 percent increase in female bylines between 2006 and 2012).

• The Confidence Gap | by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman for The Atlantic

“Women applied for a promotion only when they met 100 percent of the qualifications. Men applied when they met 50 percent.”

• Tackling Diversity Within Public Media Leadership | by Deanna Mackey for PBS SPI Blog

The Public Media Women in Leadership group is only a few months old, but it’s already 540 members deep.

• How to Make Your Company Less Sexist and Racist | by Katherine Reynolds Lewis for The Atlantic

Concrete steps to build a more inclusive workplace. AKA: “bias interrupters.”

• In the Male-Dominated World of Podcasts, More Women and Claiming the Mic | by Alex Madison for Bitch Magazine

From Invisibilia to WhiskeyCats, pub media women are taking the mic. Browse here for more voices that subvert expectation and delight the ear:

• How to pitch (stories) like a girl | by Jillian Keenan for Poynter

“Female writers will pitch us, we’ll say no, and we’ll never hear from them again.” A reminder to female freelancers: pitch your hearts out.

• New Media’s Old Problem | by Natalie Kitroeff for the New York Times

Women dominate social media, but are excluded from lists of “people worth following.”

• ‘If she can’t see it, she can’t be it’: why media representation matters | by Rebecca Brand for The Guardian

The women that populate our screens shape our aspirations. Shaunna Murphy wrote a smart piece on how the Bechdel test fails us when it comes to on-screen representation.

• As Jill Abramson exits the NY Times, a look at how women are faring in newsrooms | by Monica Anderson for Pew Research Center

What percent of newsrooms are managed by women? In the wake of Jill Abramson’s departure, Pew breaks down the numbers.

• Black, Latino And White: Diversity At NPR | by Edward Schumacher-Matos for NPR

How does NPR stack up against news industry averages when it comes to diversity? A beautifully researched report that demands systemwide attention.

• Women should represent women in media | by Megan Kamerick for TED

In 2011 “[Women] reported just 37 percent of stories in print, TV, and radio. Even in stories on gender based violence men get an overwhelming majority of print space and airtime.” AIRster Megan Kamerick explains why it’s crucial that women represent women in the media.

• Women Are Scarce in Journalism, Film, and TC, and the Numbers Aren’t Budging | by Amanda Hess for XX Factor

Progress isn’t always a linear upward climb. Amanda Hess analyzes WMC’s  annual “Status of Women in the U.S. Media Report” and finds that “the representation of women in the media has barely budged across the past five to 15 years.” More recent reports here.

• Leaning In | Ashley Milne-Tyte for The Broad Experience

In this episode, six high-achieving women discuss the merits and pitfalls of Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. Explore the Broad Experience archives.

• Where Are the Women | by Anna Griffin for Nieman Reports

“When it comes to the state of women in media leadership today, the best place in the world to be a female looking to rise in management is … Bulgaria.”

• Why Women Don’t Negotiate Their Job Offers | by Hannah Riley Bowles for the Harvard Business Review

Don’t sweat the “social costs” of negotiation and self-advocation. Helpful tips for negotiators at any point along the gender spectrum.

• How women, and people of color, and everyone else can sound more like themselves on the radio | by Adam Ragusea for The Pub

The latest chapter in an ongoing conversation sparked by Chenjerai Kumanyika’s manifesto for Transom. A call for voices that go against the NPR grain.


Good resources:

• Bindercon

A symposium for “women and gender-nonconforming writers.” They’ve been lighting up Twitter with short clips and inspiration from their vimeo page.

• #AwesomeWomen

A newsletter that thinks deeply about women and media. Links to resources and job opportunities included.

• VIDA: Women in Literary Arts

Each year VIDA tallies gender disparity in major lit publications and book reviews. Read up on Vida’s 2014 Women of Color VIDA  Count.

The OpEd Project

Increasing the range of voices that are treated as experts one editorial page at a time. Provides mentoring and training.