US: More women needed in investigative journalism

Source: Columbia Journalism Review
Date published: 15 March 2013
Author: Jennifer Vanasco

It’s time for the media to counteract institutional barriers to women’s entry in the field

‘Women make up half of society - and their interests aren’t confined to the Style pages. Instead, their struggles need to be examined across our news media, and having a significant number of women in the ranks of investigative journalists will help ensure that. But also, women should be investigative journalists because they have the ability to be’.


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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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