The Committee to Project journalists has released a report on women journalists and sexual violence. The ongoing problem brought to light in February with the assault of Lara Logan. The case had news editors examining how to better support women journalists in the field. Meanwhile, the International Women’s Media Foundation has announced the names of three frontline women journalists who will receive 2011 Courage in Journalism Awards in October. While violence against female journalists persists, recognition of their right to be there is growing, in contrast to the days when “gal reporters” were told to go home.

(Lara Logan – photo courtesy of CBS)
 

The Committee to Project journalists has released a report on women journalists and sexual violence. The ongoing problem brought to light in February with the assault of Lara Logan. The case had news editors examining how to better support women journalists in the field. Meanwhile, the International Women’s Media Foundation has announced the names of three frontline women journalists who will receive 2011 Courage in Journalism Awards in October. While violence against female journalists persists, recognition of their right to be there is growing, in contrast to the days when “gal reporters” were told to go home.

(Lara Logan – photo courtesy of CBS)
 

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Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.