Female journalists disagree with Abramson about women’s taste in stories

When New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane asked Executive Editor Jill Abramson whether the public will see a change now that a woman is running the Times, Abramson said: “The idea that women journalists bring a different taste in stories or sensibility isn’t true.” The statement has stirred debate among some female journalists who say that women do have different perspectives and experiences that shape the way they approach coverage. Megan Kamerick, president of the Journalism & Women Symposium, said she disagrees with Abramson. “Women do have different experiences than men to bring to a situation,” she told Journal-isms’ Richard Prince. “The Global Media Monitoring Report on Women found that stories by female reporters contain more female subjects than stories by male reporters and are more likely to challenge stereotypes as well.”

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    Great anecdote and great point. Thanks, Julie Moos (Director of Poynter Online)

  • Anonymous

       When I was a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1990s, the editors called a meeting to discuss coverage of domestic violence. I was one of a handful of gay reporters there, and I decided to attend. I entered the meeting room a few minutes late–and the heads of a dozen or so female reporters and editors swivelled sharply in my direction. No other men were in evidence. “Don’t look at me like that,” I told the women, who were all giving me the eye as if they questioned the appropriateness of my presence at the meeting. “I have the homosexual exemption.” The laughter eased the tension, but the memory of that roomful of women–and no men–is enough evidence to me that the two sexes can have different news judgments and agendas.