In February, the Women’s Media Center released its annual report on the visibility of women in journalism and entertainment. The numbers were not encouraging: women made up only 9 percent of the directors of the top 250 domestic grossing films of last year; in the 100 top-grossing films of 2012, only 28.4 percent of speaking characters were women; and on Sunday TV talk shows, only 14 percent of those interviewed were women and 29 percent were roundtable guests.
With that said, there are some women who are using their spotlight to demonstrate why women should have an even more prominent place in media.
We partnered with The Meredith Vieira Show, which begins Sept. 8 on NBC, to share some of the best quotes from our favorite hotshot women. The below TV producers, comedians, singers — and we’ll just say it, trailblazers — are motivating and awe-inspiring.
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint — and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
–Oprah Winfrey, actress, producer, founder of OWN
“When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this person in between me and what I want to do?’ If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”
–Tina Fey, writer, comedian, author of Bossypants
“Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.”
–Diane Sawyer, anchor, “ABC World News”
“When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.”
–Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, co-author of Lean In
“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules and build a life you’re proud to live.”
–-Anne Sweeney, former co-chair of Disney Media and president of the Disney–ABC Television Group
“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.”
–-Ellen DeGeneres, comedian, talk show host, author of Seriously…I’m Kidding
“If you are truly focused on the greater good –- and not just on yourself –- you can get by with murder, and in the end that will always propel you forward.”
–Geraldine Laybourne, entrepreneur, co-founder of Oxygen Media
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
–-Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, author of Thrive
“Work harder than everybody. You’re not going to get it by whining, and you’re not going to get it by shouting, and you’re not going to get it by quitting. You’re going to get it by being there.”
–Barbara Walters, TV journalist, author of Audition: A Memoir
“The combination of landing the biggest interview of my career and having a drill in my back reminds me that God only gives us what we can handle and that it helps to have a good sense of humor when we run smack into the absurdity of life.”
—Robin Roberts, anchor, “Good Morning America”
“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone, even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested — and your personal growth realized.”
–Katie Couric, TV journalist, producer, author of The Best Advice I Ever Got
“But I love the idea — whether it’s in my work or where I live — exploring new frontier, and I like putting myself in strange places and trying to survive and figure things out and gather up an infrastructure. I like knowing that I could figure out a way to live anywhere.”
–Madonna Ciccone, singer, actress, mogul
“I was brought up Catholic, and even as a little girl I was affected by the idea of giving back — doing something for the needy, something of significance.”
–Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of the Children’s Television Network and “Sesame Street”
“The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.”
– Liz Smith, gossip columnist
“I worked for Harper’s Bazaar. They fired me. I recommend that you all get fired; it’s a great learning experience.”
–Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue
“Take risks that are calculated, not crazy. There’s a big difference between rafting in white water with a helmet and an experienced guide and jumping on an inner tube to soar over a waterfall on a whim. When you’re considering taking a risk, ask yourself: How can you maximize your chances of success while minimizing the potential downside?”
–Cathie Black, former chairman and president, Hearst Magazines, author of Basic Black
“My new motto is: When you’re through changing, you’re through.”
–Martha Stewart, founder, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
– Marissa Mayer, president and CEO, Yahoo!
College is an awakening time in a young person’s life, in which they really figure out who they want to be and what exactly they want to do with their life. But what if you discover that all you want to do is drink coffee? And who you want to be is a coffee addict?
It’s okay. That’s what college is for. It’s a time for understanding that the only thing that motivates you to get up and face another day (literally) is the promise that coffee will be there to guide you through the tough times that encompass “being on your own.” Behold, 11 reasons every college student must have coffee in their lives forever and ever.
1. First and foremost, because it keeps you awake. And you’re somehow always tired.
And without coffee, there are just not enough hours in the day to balance studying and partying.
2. Because it’s probably the only time in your life you’re going to have the privilege of having a Starbucks coffee truck follow you around campus all day.
Yes, really. If you’re lucky enough to be a student at Arizona State University, James Madison University or Coastal Carolina University, this coming school year Aramark will be introducing Starbucks coffee trucks that will “follow students from dorm to lecture halls” and provide you with your much-needed caffeine. Scary or awesome? We’ll let you decide.
3. Because coffee shops are where all your studying and socializing gets done.
You learn quickly that the coffee shop is where all your friendships are made and where you cram all that information into your brain. Your addiction to the stuff follows suit.
4. Because you just keep “forgetting” to go to the gym and the antioxidants in coffee will keep your body healthy.
So, you don’t have time to go to the gym because you’re too busy binge-watching Law and Order SVU all day. Thankfully coffee provides you with enough antioxidants to make you feel better about yourself. It’s the number one source of antioxidants in the American diet!
5. Because it makes procrastinating on that final term paper much more fun.
When your coffee gets cold, it’s time for you to get creative with your note doodling.
6. Because you stayed up until 4 am watching “Chopped” re-runs on Food Network and you have class at 8 am.
And it’s proven that when you’re tired and you drink coffee, all of your senses will be heightened, including your attention and logical reasoning.
7. Because it’s the only thing that motivates you to do your laundry.
The inspiration to be clean can be found inside that coffee cup.
8. Because when you’ve been living in the library for the past two days, just the smell of coffee will revive you from your zombie state.
This is proven to be true. A study at the Seoul National University examined the brains of rats who were stressed with sleep deprivation and discovered that those who were exposed to coffee aromas experienced changes in brain proteins tied to that stress.
9. Because coffee is the best hangover cure after drinking too many PBRs out of red Solo cups.
Coffee can also help your liver out (since we know it probably needs some serious flushing). One study showed that those who drink at least one cup of coffee a day were 20 percent less likely to develop liver cirrhosis — an autoimmune disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
10. Because you forgot to put sunscreen on when you laid out on the quad, but coffee will help prevent you from getting skin cancer (if you’re a girl).
A study done by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that women who drink three or more cups of coffee a week are less likely to develop skin cancer than other women.
11. Because the only form of organization right now in your life is this daily schedule:
2. Put on clothes
3. Get or make coffee.
Aint no shame in your coffee game.
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner officially married White House chef Sam Kass on Saturday.
The wedding took place at Blue Hill at Stone Barns outside of New York City, according to Reuters. Kass is a longtime friend of President Barack Obama’s and has been cooking for the Obama family for years, dating back to when he would prepare meals for them in Chicago. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, were all in attendance.
The wedding had media figures rubbing elbows with politicians in a juxtaposition seldom seen outside of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Reuters reported cable news figures sitting together with White House staffers.
CAIRO (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declined to specifically discuss the case of a detained Washington Post journalist during a nationally televised news conference Saturday.
During the conference, a journalist asked a question about Iran’s global outreach after the parliament’s impeachment of the country’s science minister, increased raids targeting satellite dishes and the detention of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.
Rezaian, 38, and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for the Abu Dhabi-based daily newspaper The National, have been held for more than a month. They were detained with two photojournalists who were later released.
When asked about Rezaian’s detention, Rouhani said: “In our country, there is not a united viewpoint. There are different viewpoints. Institutes and organs have tasks that they carry some actions in their framework.”
It wasn’t clear which part of the question Rouhani was responding to.
Iranian officials have not specifically said why Rezaian and his wife were detained.
The Washington Post has said Rezaian holds both American and Iranian citizenship. His wife is an Iranian citizen who has applied for U.S. permanent residency. Iranian officials previously have said the country doesn’t recognize dual citizenship and suggested the two would face justice under local law.
Vice Media is finalising the sale of a 10 per cent stake to A&E Networks, the cable television group jointly owned by Walt Disney and Hearst Corporation, in a deal valuing the digital media company at $2.5bn.
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Copy editors are a necessity in any newsroom, but sadly, the positions are slowly disappearing.
Recently, Gannett sacked a hefty amount of editors from its various titles across the nation, and the decision appears to have affected the top dogs. Gannett U.S. Community Publishing President Bob Dickey’s second quarter newsletter, released Wednesday, contained a major typo: Gannett was misspelled.
Note to big newspaper chain that’s laying off copy editors: Your name is Gannett, not "Gannet." http://t.co/XB4Fr2QiQ5
— Romenesko (@romenesko) August 28, 2014
To be fair, the error was in an executive’s newsletter and not a news article by a staff writer. However, some say the error is a preview of what these layoffs could mean for some of Gannet(t?)’s titles.
“This is a great example of what happens when a company lays off almost all of its copy editors,” a tipster told Jim Romenesko of the newsletter fail.
Earlier this month, Gannett announced an initiative to reshape its newsrooms in a bid to separate its print products from its online sites and focus on digital growth. (Gannett has already posted several openings for digital-focused positions, such as community content editor, content coach, and engagement editor.) But some don’t seem too sure Gannett is headed in the right direction.
“The company recently set itself up for satire by announcing ‘newsrooms of the future’ — at the same time it was separating print assets from broadcast and digital ones and launching new rounds of buyouts and layoffs,” Nieman Lab’s Ken Doctor said.
Doctor goes on to dissect the restructuring; but he cautions that a move away from traditional editorial hierarchy could be a “recipe for disaster.”
“Less editing can make sense in the digital age. The idea of none, especially in less and less experienced newsrooms, is a silly one. Again, this isn’t craft snobbery: Editing is part of why people pay for newspaper company content over other news,” Doctor said.
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ABC’s Diane Sawyer ended her tenure as anchor of “World News” on Wednesday, marking another milestone in a long and iconic career in TV news.
In a warm goodbye, Sawyer thanked her viewers and said she felt privileged about her time sitting in the anchor chair.
“It has been wonderful to be the home port for the brave and brilliant forces of ABC News around the world and to feel every single night you and I were in a conversation about the day together. Sometimes, as we know, there have been tough stories but you always made it clear, like me, you believed that better will come, that the future is one of possibility,” she said. “With gratitude for these years, I thank you and I’ll see you right back here on ABC News very soon.”
She assured viewers they were in “strong and steady hands” with her replacement, David Muir, who will officially take over from her on September 2nd.
“I can’t wait to see you in full gear,” she told him.
Sawyer is stepping down as “World News” is mounting its fiercest challenge in years to top-rated rival “NBC Nightly News.” She is transitioning to the role of a roving scoop-getter, essentially filling the slot left by Barbara Walters after her retirement. Her time as “World News” chief was marked by rising ratings and a string of big exclusives, but also charges that she’d softened the broadcast’s content in a bid for ratings. (ABC has always heatedly rejected that last claim.)
Sawyer is also potentially the last evening news anchor at ABC to be the true face of the network. Her job has been effectively split in half, with Muir taking over nightly anchoring duty while leaving breaking news and election nights to George Stephanopoulos.
BOSTON (AP) — Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said.
Curtis family spokeswoman Betsy Sullivan said in a statement that Curtis arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport Tuesday afternoon after leaving Tel Aviv. By evening he had been reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport.
“I have been so touched and moved, beyond all words, by the people who have come up to me today — strangers on the airplane, the flight attendants, and most of all my family — to say welcome home,” Curtis said in the statement.
He also said he was “deeply indebted” to the U.S. officials who worked to get him released.
Curtis, 45, of Boston, was released by al-Nusra Front, a Sunni extremist group.
Last week, journalist James Foley, who also was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising, was killed. The Islamic State group posted a Web video showing his beheading.
The extremists said they killed the Rochester, New Hampshire, resident in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes targeting Islamic State positions in northern Iraq.
Curtis’ mother said she was “overwhelmed with relief” that her son had been returned to her. “But this is a sober occasion because of the events of the past week,” she said. “My heart goes out to the other families who are suffering.”
U.S. freelance journalist, Austin Tice of Houston, disappeared in Syria in August 2012. He is believed to be held by the Syrian government.
Curtis says he was “touched and moved” by airline passengers and flight attendants who welcomed him home. He says he’s “deeply indebted” to U.S. officials who worked to get him released.
American journalist James Foley also was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State group posted a Web video last Tuesday showing his killing.
Curtis is believed to have been held by al-Nusra Front, a Sunni extremist group.