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June 6, 2018, 11:07 a.m.
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LINK: www.womeninnews.org  ➚   |   Posted by: Christine Schmidt   |   June 6, 2018

The lack of women in leadership in the journalism industry is not an unfamiliar topic. But what are news organizations actually doing about it? And how can other news organizations take on the gender diversity gap, too?

The second annual Women in News summit, hosted in Portugal by WAN-IFRA this week, highlighted depressing (but motivating?) statistics on women’s presence in the media world and the steps that news organizations like Gizmodo and the BBC have been taking to improve their diversity. (WAN-IFRA’s Women in News initiative compiled a handbook on gender diversity in media with 10 case studies from Botswana to the United Kingdom.) Here are some of the main findings discussed at the summit:

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For print newspapers, one Florida retirement community is a better market than Atlanta, St. Louis, or Portland
For local newspapers, print circulation has collapsed for every audience except retirees. That’s why the daily paper in The Villages, Florida (metro population 129,752) prints as many copies as the one in Atlanta (metro population 6,930,423).
The Tributary, covering Florida’s largest city, will be a worker-directed nonprofit
Staffers will take part in making collective decisions about the organization, from hiring and compensation to developing the budget, along with their journalistic work.
The Los Angeles Times gets a fully staffed “burner account”
The first-of-its-kind team is offering “views, vibes, and commentary.”