Editorial: Women in journalism
It’s pretty funny. Journalism was always known as a male-dominated field.
Back in the day, women were mostly secretaries in the field — a select few would end up publishing their own works like the famous Nellie Bly.
But even so, thanks to the brave and loud people who fought for women’s rights all those years ago, we’re allowed to do what we do.
In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, we thank them, from the bottom of our hearts.
Now it’s 2021 and a lot has changed since Bly took a trip around the world in 72 days and uncovered the horrors of mental institutions in the late 1880s.
TBR News Media currently staffs primarily women — its three editors are all female. We’ve had men work here before, but it just happened to work out that the majority of employees are now female.
Although the world has given our gender more rights than before, it’s still tough out there for women in journalism — between community to national levels, broadcast, radio, print and the web.
Our colleagues have been harassed on the street, cat called, grabbed. Some of us have been victim blamed or spoken to in a condescending way. Some of us in journalism don’t earn as much as our male counterparts — even on Long Island (yes, equal pay still does not exist).
But yet, women are still out there talking to you, telling your stories, being as empathetic as we can be when interviewing, photographing, taking videos and writing an article.
We have a lot to be thankful for, but there still needs to be change.
We need to be paid properly for what we do. We need to be thanked for the work we do. We need respect — and not to be grabbed or harassed while we do our jobs. This applies not only to us but all the women out there who are doing their best to feed their families, achieve their goals and to make their mark on the world.