22 SEP 2018

When women choose the news

What have we learned so far:

Newsmavens gives me the sense that if the world were run by women, we'd be alright after all.

Newsmavens has such a huge focus on issues around social care, social justice, racism and inequality -- unlike anything I've seen in any national or international media. (…) The big boys of journalism don't always have the attention span for that.

Claudia Ciobanu
Claudia Ciobanu NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe

“With very few exceptions, mainstream media has always been dominated by men.”

Instead of choosing news connected to politics or economics, which are the ones most covered on Portuguese media, I try to focus on issues such as mental health, racism or gender inequality.

Catia Bruno
Cátia Bruno NewsMavens, Portugal

The European-centric coverage on Newsmavens offers a unique perspective into the lives of women in Europe that many publications miss, because they are either local, focused on one country, or global.

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish WikiTribune, United Kingdom

Newsmavens offers me the opportunity to put the spotlight on stories from Turkey that need to be told. Despite political repression in the country, the feminist movement is alive and very inspiring. Turkey makes me proud to be a woman. NewsMavens makes me proud to be a journalist.

Ans Boersma
Ans Boersma NewsMavens, Turkey

“Recent studies show that globally, women today represent only 27% of newsroom leadership. In Europe, the average is 23%.”

Newsmavens has put the spotlight on several issues that in a traditional (male-dominated) newsroom usually stay under the radar.

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary

“Newsmavens launched to figure out what would happen if only women chose the news. Today, we are beginning to understand the difference.”

Newsmavens is different because one can find more articles dealing with issues that are considered "less interesting" by classically trained male editors, such as family, LGBT, Metoo, education, and health.

Sofija Kordic
Sofija Kordic NewsMavens, Czechia

Women take into consideration the human impact and value the psychological aspects of a story more.

Delia Budurca
Delia Budurca NewsMavens, Romania

Newsmavens’ story selection is different because the articles are not commissioned by the editor in chief and therefore what is published mirrors the journalist’s personal and professional interests.

Cinzia Sciuto
Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy

“Women pay attention to women and other marginalized groups, and they care about the impact of big politics and big business on the lives of regular people.”

I deliberately go beyond front-page news for NewsMavens -- in my opinion, front-page news from Germany is usually pretty well-known in other countries. To me, it's more interesting to look at the issues that are less publicised, but just as relevant.

Daria Sukharchuk
Daria Sukharchuk NewsMavens, Central & Eastern Europe

“Ours are the stories that hide in the back of mainstream newspapers, but make it to the front if women are in charge. And if women journalists and editors think these stories are important then yes, the women in the reading public are likely to care about them too.”

This February, a Bosnian female journalist made public the sexist comments she received from a male writer and businessman. It was thought to be the beginning of Bosnian #metoo, but most media ignored it. NewsMavens broke the ice, which was also the case in numerous other situations when women in the Balkans were under attack.

Lidija Pisker
Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Balkans

There is more of an anthropological, bottom-up approach to breaking news at Newsmavens and perhaps that's what the world needs today.

Lara Bullens
Lara Bullens NewsMavens, Western Europe

Newsmavens recommendations try to capture wider topics that affect most of us, like injustice, the environment and motherhood. Meanwhile, a typical news story in Estonia will be about a male politician's opinion about another male politician.

Marian Männi
Marian Männi Eesti Ekspress, Estonia

“Many stories curated to Newsmavens are heartbreaking accounts of cultures and systems failing women.”

I think that, as women, we are more focused on the human angle in stories.

Roxanne D'Arco
Roxanne D'Arco NewsMavens, France

“Newsmavens are also watchful for manipulated rhetoric trying to influence public opinion on women’s rights – stories that often slip male editor’s attention.”

The newspaper I work for definitely has more articles about the policy-making elites and market shapers and less about the effects of their decisions on people, women in particular.(…) NewsMavens focuses a lot more on personal stories.

Marjan Justaert
Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium

My personal and professional priorities are reflected a lot in the selections I make for Newsmavens. One is a drive to provide an insider’s perspective about the things happening in BiH, and another is to put emphasis on groups which are still fighting for their place at the table, whatever the table may be.

Tijana Cvjeticanin
Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina

What unifies us at Newsmavens is not only our gender, but also, perhaps most of all, our progressive, liberal worldview. These two factors create our focus on gender, social care, environment and women’s personal stories.

Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

“While the mass market news machine focuses on what the world’s key players are doing at the top of the power structure, women have shown a consistent curiosity about what happens lower down.”

Over the past year Newsmavens didn’t cover handshakes between presidents and prime ministers, or Trump's latest tweet. It's been very refreshing.

Daiva Repeckaite
Daiva Repeckaite NewsMavens, Malta

“Cause without effect is only part of the story. To understand the times we live in and keep our readers holistically informed, we need to be giving equal attention to both.”

For Newsmavens, I try to select stories about issues or events that can happen in any country in Europe. For example, money stolen by politicians is not as important to me as a racist attack on the Roma people.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia

One the fundamental reasons why trust in news media is at its lowest is also because our newsrooms and journalism increasingly does not reflect the diversity of the audiences we are trying to reach and engage. It is vital that we look both inward, in our staffing, and outward, in our story selection, to work on this issue and I am glad to see efforts such as Newsmavens take root and very deliberately focus on gender diversity. Wishing Zuzanna Ziomecka and her team renewed success as they head into year two.

Raju Narisetti Professor Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
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