Journalism has a woman problem

Journalism has a woman problem

The boys on the bus are back.

At The New York Times, Jill Abramson is out and Dean Baquet is in. On the same day across the pond, Natalie Nougayrede was so tired of personal attacks she quit her top post at Le Monde. And at Bloomberg, half-a-dozen men have been put in key positions over Washington coverage, after the first woman to run the bureau left earlier this year.

A new report out this week wasn’t kidding: Journalism has a woman problem.

“Some of the very qualities that make for great top-level editors, such as firm decision-making ability and willingness to stand up for your point of view against competing interests — are qualities that are often lauded in men and seen as overly abrasive in women,” said Ann Friedman, former deputy editor of The American Prospect. “I think it’s possible for male and female bosses to be both decisive and compassionate, both powerful and well-liked. But we are harder on women who don’t manage — or perhaps don’t even try — to be all of these things at once.”

The Women’s Media Center found that men still dominate the media industry, from bylines to leadership positions to editorial page writers to guests on the Sunday news shows.

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