Welcome to WIM
There’s a bit of a paradox when it comes to women in the media industry.
Women obviously make up half the population. On top of that, we also make up more than half communications school graduates. But women only make up 37 percent of the workforce in newspaper newsrooms, and 35 percent of newspaper supervisors, according to the 2015 American Society of News Editors (ASNE) newsroom census.
Numbers like these aren’t new. The media industry is hardly alone when it comes to gender disparity. After the departure of Jill Abramson from The New York Times last year, the discussion around women in media really took off.
But let’s make one thing clear, this isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s something people of all genders need to acknowledge and help change. The only way for the media to adequately serve the public is with a diverse workforce that better represents its audience. That also means making sure we include queer women, trans women and women of color in conversations about how to empower women working in media.
That’s where Mizzou Women in Media comes in. Our goal is to support the endeavors of women, provide resources for both students and professionals, and continue the conversation about what it means to be a woman in the media. But this blog isn’t just a place for us to shout these numbers over and over again.
It’s a place to highlight to fantastic feats of journalism and media mastery women all over the world are producing. It’s a place to spark dialogue on the issues that impact women in media jobs everywhere. It’s a place where students, educators and professionals can connect, and provide advice and insight on the day to day challenges for women in communications. It’s a place for us to talk about why so many women of color or trans women feel excluded from typical conversations about feminism in journalism, and to help change that.
Since our organization launched this summer, the positive response and support from the MU community, alumni and media professionals has been inspiring. We’re thrilled for what the future has in store. We hope this site can be a go-to for resources and discussion.