Gender bias in the media

Thoughtful, incisive and perceptive piece by Adrienne LaFrance on gender bias in the media using her own work as a case study.

Here’s the essential question: “Is it your job to merely reflect what’s out there, or do you have other reasons to write in a more representative fashion?” How you answer says a lot about what you see as the critical function of journalism. If you believe that journalism has the power to affect the way people think and act — how they vote, for example — you’d probably agree that it’s important for journalism to actually represent the people it serves.

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