To coincide with International Women’s Day, a survey by Women in Journalism and Reach reveals that three quarters of female journalists have experienced a threat or challenge to their safety during the course of their work. A quarter of participants said they had experienced some kind of sexual harassment or sexual violence in connection to their work. You can read more about this vital industry-wide research here.
In our “10 minutes with…” interview we talk to Dr Rebecca Whittington, Reach’s online safety editor, who helped to orchestrate the research. She tells us about her unique role and why online safety for journalists and everyone in media is so important. This week we’ve got a special edition of our “five things we like” feature, looking at the different and brilliant ways news brands have covered IWD.
Also, check out our standout ads gallery, including Scottish Widow, Dom Perignon and Royal Mail, plus more news from news brands below. Due to a technical glitch, we have also extended our poll for February’s ad of the month until next Wednesday, so keep voting!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Online harms are still being dismissed as being ‘part of the job’ and women in the industry are being frightened into silence. We must see this issue addressed… if we want to continue to make journalism and media an industry where women want to work and thrive.”
Dr Rebecca Whittington, online safety editor and co-chair of Reach Equality