Thursday, November 05, 2009

Wall St. Journal Disses Women in its "Future of Journalism" Twitter list

My good buddy Lisa Williams (founder of found something very interesting today when she checked out @WSJ's Alan Murray's new Twitter list for The Future of Journalism: there are no women on this list.

What gives, @WSJ? There are loads of women news innovators, who are creating the future of the news NOW, not just postulating about it. And it's not just Lisa, but

Amy Gahran who also won a Knight grant and edited Poynter's EMedia Tid-Bits column
Stacy Kramer of PaidContent
Susan Mernit (founder of Oakland Local)
Geneva Overholser
Shirley Brady who does a fab job for BusinessWeek...

Not to mention the numerous women who are creating journalism daily, even hourly, on their own hyperlocal news sites.

Why is it that women keep getting overlooked by the journalism establishment when it comes to who's doing the innovating? Why does there seem to be a wholesale ignoring of women's accomplishments and achievements in the brave new world of journalism on the Internet.

Or is journalism such a "priestly class" that they can't acknowledge the Mothers Superior that are keeping dialogues and their "churches" alive and growing out here in this land of unwashed journalistic barbarians (read: bloggers.)

Too many women are being overlooked by an establishment that is doing very little, too slowly, to get with the new program that is kicking the ass of newspapers and journalism overall. Too many projects and the women who are creating them are being passed by in favor of the "boy wunderkind."

If this continues, perhaps some of the most forward-thinking projects, and great lessons-learned out here will be nothing more than links on someone's blog...

Of course, the mistakes will continue to be made because nobody bothered to take a look at those lessons learned...

And if we're giving journalism the Sicilian Kiss in the next couple of years, the hegemony that ignores the women will only have themselves to blame.

When all they had to do was look around, and include some of the best, brightest and most innovative women helping the cause of journalism today.

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