Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Women In Media

What am I doing?

Women In Media is a project that will follow the state of women in today's media. 

The question is: WHO are the women in media and how are they changing the conversation ABOUT women in the media. 

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In the class we have discussed how computing, telecommunications and media have come together in a digital environment. This is known as convergence, who are the women at the forefront of this movement.  In an article by Matthew Flamm for Crain's New York Business  titled "Women lead media into digital age" The author discusses the how women such as Arianna Huffington and Anna Wintour have taken their respective publications and launched them into the digital world. This brings up a number of questions. But the main question I want to ask is how does this affect women? 

The Women's Media Center has released their annual report: The Women’s Media Center: The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013 Some of the statistics show that "The percentage of women who are television news directors edged up, reaching 30 percent for the first time. Overall employment of women in TV news remains flat." 

Magazines have become more than magazines, with the influx of digitization, we have seen magazines embrace more of an online presence, we have also seen magazines exist only online. Radio which was at its inception a male dominated field has seen women garner more recognition at certain stations.
The question that I want to ask is how has media convergence influenced the gender structure? For example, the structure of television has changed. As mentioned in class Netflix, is now a content provider that is rivaling cable networks. Who is producing this content and who are they producing it for?

These are just a few of the topics I would like to discuss.

How am I doing it: 

Women In Media will feature interviews, feature articles and editorials on my topic. I plan on featuring Women who are presently in the media and getting their take on where we are now, where should be and how we can get there. 

I plan on not limiting my scope to only women in the media, but feminists, sociologist, professors and media observers alike. 


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