Welcome to TFP’s roundup of news highlighting women’s roles in the evolving media landscape. We have some hiring announcements for you this week, along with a few stories that focus on gender issues in the media.

  • Kathy Savitt has been promoted to the role of Content Chief at Yahoo. Her responsibilities will include oversight of Yahoo News and the video-sharing site Yahoo Screen. Before joining Yahoo in 2012 as its Chief Marketing Officer, she was a founder of social commerce company Lockerz and was Vice President of Communications at Amazon.com.
  • Suzy Draddy Jacobs has been hired as Publisher of Capitol File, where she will oversee the magazine’s print and digital sales and marketing efforts. She had been serving as Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region for The Week.
  • Kimberly Kleman, formerly Editor in Chief at Consumer Reports, is the new EIC at The American Lawyer. She is also an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism.
  • Somayya Jabarti has been named Editor in Chief of Saudi Arabia’s English-language daily newspaper Saudi Gazette. Her promotion from Deputy Editor to EIC represents the first time a woman has held the top post at a national newspaper in that country, where women are not even allowed to drive.
  • Online Middle East news site Al-Monitor created a slideshow featuring 16 female journalists covering the region. It includes quotes from the women on what it’s like to report from a conflict zone and how gender has played a role in their careers.
    Nina Totenberg

    Nina Totenberg

  • In a Q&A published on Medium, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reflected on how journalism has changed over her almost 40-year career in the field, and discussed what it was like in the early days, when “on the news desk, there were no other women.”
  • “The media is failing women across the board,” said Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center, following the release of the organization’s Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2014 report, which looks at the representation of women in newspapers, online news sites, TV, radio, social media, movies, and corporate leadership. You can download the full report as a PDF.

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Posted by: Gina Barrett