Journalism is still a very misogynistic industry.
The managanda from the National Post is obnoxious, and the fact that they pay women to spew self-loathing propaganda doesn’t make it okay.
The structure is still Patriarchal. The assumptions are still skewed and rigged to favour those who oppress others. You can pretend to be politically correct all you want, but if you have a system that shames people for thinking differently than you do, then you are not a free or democratic society.
And sexist it remains. We see articles on white male doctors who have breakthroughs, but I doubt you know Person #23 on the List of People Everyone should know.
Dr. Jane C. Wright.
You may have heard of her breakthrough treatment from the 1940s.
That’s right, for those of you who fought against cancer and won thanks to that treatment, that’s the African-American woman who saved your life.
Yet do we talk about her at all? Do you know who we are discussing?
Not at all.
The whitebread folks never do.
Women have a lot to contribute, but when they do, they are not appreciated.
And it takes years for them to be able to see their plans through.
I have been fighting that fight for over a quarter of a century.
Try getting j-schools to listen to a radical new approach to journalism.
I am white, but female, and the road is no easier for me.
And yet, Google sees me as a person of note.
Twitter won’t give me a blue check mark, but the biggest search engine does.
And so does Bing.
McMaster University recognized me with their Arch Award — and I was the first female to receive it.
I am referenced in academic articles. I am referenced in serious scholarly books. I have students from Ivy League schools interview me for their own scholarly work. I give talks, as I did to one lovely book club yesterday. I gave interviews.
And yet, I am shut out. Repeatedly.
My work is sound. My research goes beyond thorough — one of the members of yesterday’s book club marvelled at me having 61 pages of references.
Nice catch: I did have 61 pages of references; almost 14% of the book contains references I used.
That is thorough research.
I was as thorough with Chaser News, just as I was that thorough as an author, journalist, and academic student.
I use references from multiple countries and multiple languages. I use references from the distant past to the present. I have used interviews, studies, legislation, transcripts, you name it.
And I am certain many of you have stumbled upon my site, and have to click on the Who Is She? page to figure out who is this fiery woman who keeps saying journalism is dead?
How would she know?
I know because I am the creator of Method Research. I know because I have no trouble doing the legwork and seeing things up close for myself.
I work tirelessly on this problem and have done so for many years. I have had comments that I should be creating programs at the university level to change journalism’s ways.
And as I have said, I have.
Read When Journalism was a Thing, and see how much I have crafted the blueprints for such a thing. Read Don’t Believe It!: How lies become news because that is a textbook for information verification for journalists.
But I am routinely ignored.
I do not stop trying.
And I am still actively working on it. Chaser as well A Dangerous Woman Story Studio figure into F.R.E.E.D. and Matriarchal Storytelling and prominently so, and both have been around for a while now.
But unfortunately, too much of the toiling could be entirely avoided and placed where it should be placed: at creating something innovative and new — not having to create the space to make it.
And don’t think I am expecting a statue, building, or huzzahs for this work.
Dr. Wright invented chemotherapy, and you all still don’t even know her name…