January 04, 2006

Women's Media Center!

The exclusion of women at the highest levels of media has created a crisis of representation and narrow, inaccurate, or misrepresentative news reporting. Currently, women hold only 3% of of 'clout' positions in mainstream media, comprise less than a quarter of newspaper opinion writers--and are all but absent as columnists at the major national print or online media outlets. Women experts are still rarely called upon to comment on the serious events in the world. Globally, news stories that include women tally less than 15%.

WMC will work to correct these imbalances through its state-of-the-art, interactive website for women's media (coming early next year), and its many projects and partnerships. WMC will offer media training; a Rapid Response System to breaking news; the WMC Guidebook--a continually updated online guide for accurate language and talking points; and forums for media professionals.

WMC was founded in 2005 by the writer/activists Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan and has a Founding Advisory Board that includes some of the country's leading journalists, academics, foundation leaders, and media women.

I wish that the main site feed wasn't so dominated by mainstream media, but still, they link to all kinds of great bloggers and columnists. Check it out. I just added it to my bookmarks bar. :)

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