Monthly Archives: November 2013

URGENT: Looking for panelist to join proposal for AEJMC Midwinter Conference

We are looking for one more panelist to join us on our panel for the AEJMC Midwinter Conference in Norman, OK, Feb. 28-March1. This conference is also a good opportunity if this might be your first conference or to discuss work in progress i.e. a dissertation. We had fun at this year’s conference and hope you will too, when you join us for the coming year.

If you are interested please e-mail or Candi at immediately. (Remember the deadline to submit is coming Sunday, December 1.)

Here’s our panel proposal:

Where the Women Are: Can creating safe spaces and media training programs even the gender gap in online media? 

Several studies have shown that men’s voices far outnumber women’s in opinions, editorials, and information production, even online. While the Pew Internet and American Life foundation notes that women do dominate on social media, with 70 percent of female internet users, and 62 percent of men holding a social media account, the 2012 OpEd Byline report shows that women account for only 33 percent of new media bylines. Digital feminism is revolutionizing the ways that the feminist movement engages new audiences in its messages, but digital feminists aren’t always recognized as valuable, radical voices in the movement. After the 2013 PBS documentary Women Who Make America aired, digital feminists took the internet to ask, “Where were we?” Jill Filipovic (Feb. 27, 2013) of the Guardian wrote,

While young feminists may not be taking over Fifth Avenue or the offices of Ladies Home Journal, we are taking over the internet….It’s nearly impossible to go on a liberal-minded blog and be more than a click away from a dedicated feminist one. Feminism has so infiltrated the women’s internet that I’m hard-pressed to think of a women’s website—the kind of online properties that have largely replaced traditional women’s print magazines—that doesn’t have both a strong undercurrent of feminism and at least one explicitly feminist writer on staff.

Women struggle to make ground in legacy media, where Carolyn Byerly’s 2011 Global Report on the Status of Women in News Media found that women are outnumbered by men 2:1 across the newsroom and 3:1 in management and governing positions. On the Internet, however, women are finding spaces and ways to even gender gaps, even as many of the same structures of gender inequality bridge into the online environment.

This panel will examine ways that women are evening the online gender gap by employing activist strategies, education and traditional journalism to spread the feminist message today and create full gender parity in the future cyber-world. In particular, this panel will examine spaces for young women on the internet and the potential of training programs to eventually even the gender gap. These panelists will question whether new media training can succeed in turning young women into future online media leaders when similar projects have failed for other mediums. For example, journalism schools are dominated by women, and yet the amount of women in leadership positions in newsrooms has continued to hover around 30 percent. This panel will also question why digital feminists remain unrecognized by the broader women’s movement, a situation the replicates a historical split between professional newswomen’s work and the women’s movement. Finally, it will examine digital feminism’s many successes, such as forcing Facebook to “do better” about allowing hate speech and misogynistic rhetoric to flourish on its site and twitter storms to draw attention to injustice, and some of the places that cyber-feminism still needs to work.

CSW Fall Newsletter Now Out!

Hello, wonderful CSW members,

Here’s a tasty tidbit for you to gobble before Thanksgiving:The autumn 2013 CSW newsletter! In this well-baked morsel of thoughtfulness you can find minutes from our annual meeting, a call for the proposals for the midwinter meeting (which are due on Sunday, Dec. 1), an introduction to your new officers, an overview of the CSW’s new social media strategy, a look at a summer multimedia journalism workshop for journalism professors, some insight into the Wikid GRRLS curriculum (which is FREE!), and professional promotions. If your brain doesn’t leave stuffed with this academic feast, I don’t know what else might satisfy your hunger.

I’m experimenting with using ISSUU as a distribution platform this time. Please let me know if you like this or if you would prefer me just to email out a PDF. You can download the PDF straight from ISSUU, if you prefer that format.

Here is the link:

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Contact Details to Submit Abstracts for AEJMC Midwinter Conference 2013

It’s abstract time for AEJMC Midwinter conference!

The conference will be held at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, February 28-March 1, 2014.

CSW participates in midwinter and is a great opportunity to present a paper in a more intimate setting than the annual conference. You can also get feedback on an abstract you want to more fully develop for the annual conference. Plus, you have a chance to win a top paper certificate!

Paper ABSTRACTS (no full papers, please) are due at NOON on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013, to CSW midwinter chair, Jen Vardeman-Winter, Abstracts must be 600-800 words and must give a clear sense of relevant literature, research objectives, methodological approach, stage of research project (conceptual, data gathering, data interpreting), findings and conclusions. Please see the attachment for the full call for abstracts.

Please email Jen with any questions. Thank you! We look forward to reading lots of great abstracts!