Australia: Sexism still rife in Aussie newsrooms

Source: TruthDive.com. A news and opinion magazine covering South-Asian current affairs

Date published: January 29, 2013 

"A new study, the first of its kind in 16 years, which surveyed 577 female journalists across all media platforms in Australia has found that there is still widespread gender discrimination in newsrooms.

The report is built on earlier findings from the Media, Entertainment, and Arts Alliance (MEAA) and the International Federation of Journalist (IFJ), which revealed significant issues around equal opportunity in promotion, job segregation, sexual harassment, and childcare.

Following the release of the report in 1996, a total of seven recommendations were made to the industry union to ‘acknowledge the special problems faced by women journalists’ but none were implemented".

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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