It’s 2004 and Vanessa Valenti and her sister Jessica Valenti turn to the Internet in an effort to expand the conversations around feminism they’d been having with each other. Problem is, there’s seemingly nothing for young feminists: no blogs, no forums, no speck of an online community anywhere.
And in that fight-or-flight moment, they decide to start their own. As the site celebrates its 10th year, Feministing.com founder Vanessa Valenti recalls what it was like in the early days, especially as other sites for young feminists came on the scene:
I definitely never saw them as competition. It created this powerful feminist blog network supporting one another by linking to each other and featuring each other’s posts. Basically, within the network, we were influencing each other. Interestingly, a part of me feels like because of the fact that none of us were making money, we were kind of removed from competition.
At the end of last week, weekly global news publication The Economist announced a new offering called The Economist Espresso. Designed to be a snapshot of the day’s most important news in business, politics and finance, the magazine is releasing the daily briefing via iPhone or Android smartphone apps.
As the mag’s editors wrote on their blog, the Espresso app is The Economist‘s first go at daily news in its 171-year history. They say reading the whole thing shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes in the morning and there are no links required to get the whole story. Editions for the Americas, Asia and Europe will be created by the pub’s editors each day.
What should newsroom leaders do if they inherit pay inequalities, but lack the budget to give raises? It’s certainly a difficult newsroom issue, and something that Poynter asked former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson about.
Abramson said: “You bring the guys down to give a little more to the girls… I did that at The Times. No one’s happy to get a cut, but too bad.”
One of our contributors took issue with this, writing: “Cutting a journalist’s salary purely based on gender doesn’t seem quite fair either.”
While we can see why an underpaid journo may be unhappy with such an arrangement, some of us at 10,000 Words took issue with this view. Sure, cutting a journalist’s salary because he is male “doesn’t seem quite fair,” but getting paid less because of your gender is unfair.
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