During this age of polarization and anxiety, the work of journalists has never been more dangerous or more important, particularly for female foreign journalists.
Indeed, there is a need more now than ever for a free independent press with a wide diversity of experiences and backgrounds that seeks to inform and empower people around the world — and since one of the best ways to empower women is to see themselves represented, the visibility of female journalists is an important part.
Thomson Reuters is proud to showcase our Reuters business, celebrate our female journalists, and honor the achievements and contribution of women through Reuters photography at the Women in the World Summit — an annual three-day event held in New York City that brings women together from all over the world as activists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and firebrand dissidents to tell their stories using vivid journalistic narratives, stirring videos, and provocative discussions.
On Thursday, April 11, Alexander Ulmer, Special Correspondent at Reuters, will join an esteemed panel of peers in the Journalist on the Front Lines session.
Building the pipeline of women in media
One-third of the full-time journalism workforce is women, according to the International Women’s Media Foundation, and to meet our own target of 40% of representation of women in senior roles within Reuters by the end of 2020, we know there is much work to do. To inspire more women to enter the profession as the next generation of female journalists, our top Reuters female journalists shared some advice:
- Ginger Gibson, a Reuters Political Correspondent advises, “Know your unique skills. Figure out what you do best and then do it. Improve on it. Then do it again. And always ask for more money.”
- Corinne Perkins, Global Editor at Reuters Pictures, says she seeks to be an example in supporting women on their career paths by being honest about how she has handled challenges. In addition, she suggests to women in journalism to “say yes to opportunities that come your way, even if it isn’t clear what the end result will be. Taking those opportunities and succeeding at them can often lead to unforeseen opportunities.”
- Ulmer suggests to “…ask a woman reporter who you admire to become your mentor. It’s a fun and comfortable way to discuss everything from story ideas to issues women face in the workplace. And, ideally, you will go on to mentor another cub reporter.”
Winner of journalist-for-a-day competition
Making dreams come true is also part of our plans this year for the Summit. Terrilyn Brumfield earned the “journalist-for-a-day” title, gaining the opportunity to cover the Women in the World Summit as a Reuters report[HER].
To win the honor, she submitted a video in which she highlighted how her role as a mom of a daughter motivated her to compete for the recognition “as the next generation female empow[HER]ment at Thomson Reuters.”
Revering women and their achievements in the last year
The final part of celebration at the Women in the World Summit features a collage of Reuters photography showcasing top moments for women over the past year.
photos by Reuters
TOP PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) celebrates with most of the House Democratic women after a group photograph was taken of them all on the second day of the new (116th) Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis