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Study: Media Still Dominated by Dudes

A new study — that is sure to make people say “Shocking!” or “Nothing new to me!” — has found that men continue to dominate the media business.

The Women’s Media Center’s latest Status of Women in the Media report showed that the percentage of women on newsroom staffs was a dismal 36 percent, where it has been since 1999. Also, among America’s “three most prestigious newspapers and four newspaper syndicates,” male op-ed writers out number women four to one.

The report gets worse from there. Below are some other higlights. Or lowlights.

  • A two-month long review of news sites and newspapers showed that 82 percent of all movie reviews were written by men.
  • A three-month long review of New York Times front page articles found that men were quoted three times more often than women.
  • Among news directors working at local radio stations, only 20 percent were women.
  • A survey of 150 sports centric print publications and websites found that 90 percent of editors were white males.
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Study: Majority of Female Journalists Face Intimidation, Threats, Abuse

According to a particularly sad report released by the International News Safety Institute and the International Women’s Media Foundation, a majority of female journalists — 64 percent — claim to have faced “intimidation, threats or abuse” while working. Not only that, but more than 50 percent of that abuse was brought by a boss or a colleague.

The report is based on responses from 875 women from all over the world. The survey took into account all forms of media; the majority of respondents worked for newspapers.

The most common form of intimidation, threats or abuse was “Abuse of power or authority,” cited by 25 percent of the respondents. Following closely behind that was “Verbal, written and/or physical intimidation including personal threats at 21 percent, and “Attempts or threats to damage reputation or honour,” at 18 percent.

Sexual harassment, which was its own category, was prevalent as well. The survey found that 46 percent of female journalists had been subject to that form of abuse.

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How to Make Your Writing Clips Stand Out

Nothing says more about your ability as a journalist than the content of your clips. The  published articles you submit to perspective employers can make or break your chances, and simply deciding which material to include can be a daunting challenge in itself. Fortunately, there are certain techniques that will help your writing portfolio stand out from the crowd.

Christy Karras, a veteran freelancer who has written for Time, Forbes Asia, and The New York Times told Mediabistro that she tends to choose stories she believes show off her writing and editing skills.

“That could be a deeply analytic magazine feature on the finances of a major city-state that shows my ability to digest complex information and write about it in an engaging way, it could be a news story on a crackdown in the Gulf that shows an editor how well sourced I am in an environment that might not be very friendly to journalists, or it could be a feature profile that I think displays some narrative chops,” she said. “It just depends on the message I’d like to get to the individual editor.”

For more, read 6 Tips for Submitting Freelance Writing Clips [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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10 Terms Every Freelance Writer Should Know

Every industry has its own jargon, which can be confusing for those who are just starting out. For rookie freelance writers, it’s essential to understand certain terms to avoid frustration down the line.

In the latest Mediabistro feature for AvantGuild members, editors and veteran journalists break down the terms that are crucial to success in the biz.

Read the full article in 10 Terms Every Freelance Writer Should Know. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Number of Imprisoned Journalists in 2011 a 15 Year High

(Via CPJ)

According to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the number of imprisoned journalists in 2011 was the most since 1996. As of December 1, there were 179 writers, editors, reporters and photographers behind bars, a 34 percent jump from last year.

While jailing declined in the Americas and in Europe, that figure was squashed by the Middle Eastern and North African regions, which accounted for almost 50 percent of the yearly total. Iran put 45 journalists behind bars alone, making it the worst region in the world for imprisonments.

Other trends:

  • 78 freelance journalists were jailed, which was the biggest year-to-year jump in the survey in ten years
  • For the first time in over a decade, China didn’t lead or co-lead the list
  • A majority of jailed journalists were local, being detained by their own governments

For more, check out the full report here.

The 10 Most Deadly Countries for Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released its 2011 Impunity Index – a tool that calculates unsolved journalists murders – and once again Iraq is at the top of the list, with 92 unresolved killings.

The countries found on the list are typically wrought with excessive corruption in all levels of the government and law enforcement, making covering any news there virtually impossible:

CPJ research shows that deadly, unpunished violence against journalists often leads to vast self-censorship in the rest of the press corps. From Somalia to Mexico, CPJ has found that journalists avoid sensitive topics, leave the profession, or flee their homeland to escape violent retribution.

The rest of the top ten most deadly countries for journalists:

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Billboard‘s Bill Werde: ‘If You’re Gonna Write About Music, You Better Love It’

Think you’ve got it bad as a writer? Try being a music journalist when not one, but two of the industries you rely on are struggling.

“If you want a career writing about music, my advice to you would probably be medical school, maybe law,” joked Billboard editorial director Bill Werde in our @MediaBeat interview. “Music journalism was one of the hardest hit forms of journalism, I think, because once upon a time, you really needed a critic to tell you if you wanted to spend money on an album… Obviously today, you can hear everything all the time, usually even before it’s released.”

Watch the full interview for @bwerde‘s tips on scoring that Beyonce byline, and to find out why the  Kanyes of the world are making his job (and Matt Lauer‘s) just a tad more, well, interesting.

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Part 2: Billboard‘s Bill Werde Takes On Idol, Reality TV
Part 3: Bill Werde: ‘iTunes’ Success Does Not Equal Billboard‘s Detriment’

Journalism Tops List of Most Useless College Degrees

Just what all our readers needed to hear! It’s inspiring, feel-good stories like this that keep FishbowlNY blogging day after day.

The Daily Beast has compiled a list of the 20 most useless college degrees, and right at the top is Journalism. Well, if you’re going to be useless, we say, might as well be the best at it.

Here are the job/salary statistics for those lucky enough to have majored in the most useless degree.

Median starting salary: $35,800

Median mid-career salary: $66,600

Change in number of jobs, 2008-2018: -4,400

Percentage Change in number of jobs, 2008-2018: -6.32

Undergraduate field of study: Communications

Number of students awarded degrees 2008-2009: 78,009

Rounding out the top five most useless degrees are Horticulture, Agriculture, Advertising, and Fashion Design. So yes, Journalism students: you’ll have better luck switching to a degree in Horticulture. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Famous Writers and Their Typewriters

Before PCs, Macs, iPads and even Commodore 64s, writers used typewriters to get the job done. And just like we enjoy a “special” relationship (bordering on abusive, if we’re honest) with our computers, writers years ago had a bond with those machines.

Flavorwire has compiled a slideshow of some famous writers and journalists posing with the tool of their trade, and it’s pretty good stuff.

Here’s Harlem renaissance writer Langston Hughes, looking way too happy with his typewriter. Maybe he just got paid.

Check out the full list here, which includes the likes of Sylvia Plath, William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski and Ernest Hemingway.

Hey, Freelancers! Show Off Your Best Self

CYNTHIA DAGENAIS

I’m not a Barbie doll. I won’t lose 10 pounds in a week with 10 new moves, and I won’t start a diet in March only to switch it up for a new fad in April.  If you’ve got a story for women like me, who refuse to let a magazine dictate their esteem, then Self is open to your pitches.

In mediabistro.com‘s “How To Pitch,” the health and fitness glossy’s  Paula Derrow offers exclusive tips for aspiring freelancers.

“Pitch us investigative stories or great new studies based on cutting-edge research,” says the article’s director. “Ask yourself ‘Why does this fit into Self?’ If it’s new, based on a study or new trend, it appeals to women in their early 30s and helps to make their life better, then send it in.”

See? All Barbie has to offer is an impossible waistline.  Get the full 411 in How To Pitch: Self.

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