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Study: Sun-Times has most bylines by women, NYT fewest

Women's Media Center
Forty-six percent of bylines at the Chicago Sun-Times during the last three months of 2013 belonged to women, researchers at the Women's Media Center found in its annual report on women's representation in the media. That was the highest proportion of women writing among the newspapers the center studied.

The only predominantly digital publication with a higher percentage of women's bylines was The Huffington Post, which was almost even during that period. But: "researchers were not able to distinguish [HuffPost's] paid contributors from non-paid contributors." New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson told WMC: “During my tenure, half of the news masthead of the Times—traditionally the highest ranking editors—are women." Abramson also said "she is concerned that comparatively few women apply for newsroom technology jobs," the report says. "That is a reality for the entire news industry as it pushes further onto assorted digital platforms, she added."
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Why journalism startups should look past traditional talent pools

The launch of Nate Silver’s new, ESPN-funded version of FiveThirtyEight is here, with its data-centric approach to journalism that could reinvent news for the digital age — or at least make it better. And while Silver’s brand of journalism may … Read more

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UNITY: Diversity Caucus can help push diversity ahead even in trying times

Editor’s Note: UNITY President David Steinberg prepared this summary of the Diversity Caucus gathering of industry and academic leaders last week in Washington, D.C.

This month, UNITY: Journalists for Diversity convened a Diversity Caucus to bring together leaders representing more … Read more

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BuzzFeed Deputy Editor-in-Chief Shani O. Hilton writes about building a diverse newsroom:

The network — on both ends of the equation — is the problem. The journos of color and women aren’t networking with white dudes doing the hiring because it isn’t in their DNA. Call it the Twice as Hard Half as Good Paradox: Many of us are so busy working twice as hard and hoping to get noticed that we don’t do the networking that seems like bullshit but is actually a key part of career advancement.

Meanwhile, the white guys doing the hiring who, at least in my experience, are more self-aware than many people seem to think, are asking their non-white or female journalist friends for names of people to hire. But if we know those people, we’re often trying to hire them ourselves — and besides that, we don’t have some secret diverse pipeline of reporters we’ve been hiding. As one journalist of color put it to me, “Why don’t you get out there and find some of your own?”

Shani O. Hilton, Medium

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NYT’s Leonhardt: The Upshot staff will ‘serve as navigators for the news’

Facebook | Mashable | The Guardian David Leonhardt explains his vision for his upcoming "startup" publication at The New York Times, which will be called The Upshot.
Imagine that you were sitting down with a journalist and could ask any question about the news. Which parts of Obamacare are working, and which parts are not? Is Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, really in danger of losing his seat this year? Is it better to buy a home or rent one in your metro area right now?
"Our biggest goal is to serve as navigators for the news," Leonhardt writes. "We’ll be conversational without being dumbed down." This urge to explain also drives another forthcoming startup, the Ezra Klein-edited Vox, whose tagline is "Understand the news." Nate Silver's soon-to-be relaunched FiveThirtyEight chose a fox for its logo, because of an Isaiah Berlin parable in which a hedgehog "views the world in a simple fashion, with one big defining truth," Sam Laird reports. "But the fox sees a world of nuance, a world that can be approached from multiple angles and contains multiple truths from multiple perspectives." The fox also needs to diversify, Emily Bell wrote Thursday, saying that in the "rush to revolutionize journalism, the protagonists are almost exclusively – and increasingly – male and white." The fact that these startups reflect legacy journalism's diversity problem don't let them off the hook, Bell argues:
Women tend to have to choose in the newsroom, even digital-first newsrooms: serve others, as an editor or commissioner, or be your own presence as a journalist/columnist/blogger. The leadership in the new (new) journalism do both, and their founders would not for one second have thought they had to choose.
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Many publications are still ‘Dudeville,’ VIDA says in annual count

VIDA Women in Literary Arts
VIDA's annual count of gender diversity at literary outlets has a little good news: Paris Review is the organization's "most improved this year," and The New York Times Book Review has moved the needle, too. VIDA counted bylines, book reviewers and authors reviewed at several outlets. Its "overall" figures combine all those counts.

The New Republic had 9 female book reviewers in 2012. In 2013, it had 4. (Its number of male reviewers declined as well, but not as dramatically.) The percentage of women's bylines inched up at TNR -- for which I've written -- to about 25 percent compared with about 18 percent the year before.
The New Republic's 2013 byline count
TNR's 2012 count.
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CNN Latino to shut down by month’s end

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CNN Latino, the network's effort to build an audience around news and entertainment programming for a fast-growing community, will shut its doors by the end of the month, a CNN unit announced.

The network cited business reasons for the pending demise of the year-old operation that targeted bilingual Latinos with Spanish-language programs. TV stations in big and small markets had signed on to the programming, including KBEH in Los Angeles and WTAM, a low-power station in Tampa. (more...)
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Report: No black-owned and operated full-power TV stations remain in U.S.

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The planned sale of Roberts Broadcasting's remaining stations means there are "zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country," Free Press' Joseph Torres and S. Derek Turner write.

Media consolidation has made it harder for people of color to own broadcast stations because it raises entry barriers for small owners. Concentration makes it harder for any small owner to compete, and the few non-white broadcast licensees we have are far more likely to be small owners who control just a handful of stations or a single broadcast outlet.
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Editor: Running mugshots of black men was ‘right thing to do’

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Maynard Institute
The front page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Nov. 17 showed mugshots for 32 people arrested in a federal investigation of the city's crack trade. "Of the latest round-up, all the suspects are men," Beth Burger wrote. "All are black."

"See their faces all in one grouping and you can't ignore that," Free Press Editor Alison Gerber writes in a column about the cover. "You can't just shrug it off." (more...)
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Raul Ramirez, KQED's executive director of news and public affairs, died Nov. 15, 2013. (KQED Photo)

‘Power of voices’: Inspiring last words from journalist Raul Ramirez

Raul Ramirez, KQED’s executive director of news and public affairs, died Nov. 15, 2013. (KQED Photo)

Editor’s note: Raul Ramirez, KQED Public Radio’s executive director of news and public affairs and former Poynter Ethics Fellow, died Nov. 15 at age Read more

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