I was looking forward to this Women in Journalism event. But this woman in journalism is exhausted by being a woman in journalism
The constant belittling attacks. The entirely different metrics used to judge your behaviour & work. A gender pay gap of up to nearly 30% at some news orgs. The hours spent composing letters/listicles ‘12 Key Facts Your Crude Hit Job Got Wrong’.
But then being a woman in journalism is like being a woman in public life. A woman in politics. I’m off to Oxford to hear someone who knows this more than most - @HillaryClinton. But she - rightly - is going to be focusing on the worldwide threat to human rights.
And what this conference has rightly identified is the absolutely foundational & key role the media plays in creating the world we have found ourselves. It’s the first session up this morning for a reason
There are bigger issues, bros. Much much bigger. And being a bro, without reflecting on your bro-ness, makes you as much a part of the problem, not the solution
The unreflecting bro-ness is Silicon Valley is one of the reasons we are in the mess we are in. And the assault on journalism & journalists by the likes of Breitbart -ex-editor & right-hand man to Steve Bannon below - should terrify us all
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