Mini Skirt Journalism

"A news story should be like a mini skirt on a pretty woman. Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting." – Anonymous

‘The sixth W’ — Women

I remember waiting anxiously in 2011 for HBO to air its documentary “Gloria: In Her Own Words” about the life of Gloria Steinem and her work for women’s rights.

It’s no secret that when Ms. launched in 1972, many were hoping, and expecting, for the “radical feminists” to fail in their endeavor. Forty years later, the magazine is still still standing, despite its hardships and close-calls.

And so are women.

I came across an article posted on Columbia Journal Review this summer about “The sixth W,” which focused how women are underrepresented in the media. But it mainly honored women who have helped close the gender gap. It included a Q&A with Cyndi Stivers, CJR editor-in-chief, and Lynn Povich, Newsweek‘s first female senior editor and one of several dozen women who sued the magazine for sex discrimination in 1970.

It’s an interesting read that puts into perspective how far female journalists have come in a short amount of time. Women have made great strides in the last 40 to 50 years, but there’s a lot to still be desired. Perhaps sex discrimination just isn’t as obvious as it once was, so people are oblivious or don’t know how to change the cycle.

The field is constantly changing, so will the sixth W eventually become standard?


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This entry was posted on September 10, 2012 by in Discrimination, History, Journalism, Media, Progress, Uncategorized, Women and tagged , , , , , .

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