Goodnight and Good Luck — To Women in Journalism

In an industry that has been dominated by men since the beginning, is it finally time for women to take over? Unfortunately, the most recent statistics when it comes to women in journalism or other media industry careers show that women are still underrepresented in United States media. However, there’s room for immense change, and there are many women willing to take on the challenge.

According to recent research released back in February by the Women’s Media Center, women are so underrepresented in news and entertainment media that it is almost comical. While many other countries are getting closer to closing the gap between genders in the workplace, in the United States’ statistic of women comprising a mere 36% of all newspaper newsroom staffs has gone largely unchanged since 1999.

There’s some good news and bad news from the Women’s Media Center when it comes to women’s progress in broadcasting. For women in radio, their number rose 8% from 2012 to 2013, while everywhere else in broadcast news either stayed the same or rose only slightly. Another interesting fact I found in the report: across the U.S., 97.2% of local TV news stations had women employees in 2013… That means that somehow, somewhere, there is the chance that at least one local TV news station out there has zero female employees…

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I’m sure this will come as a shock to all those who read this, but sports journalism is in dead last when it comes to representation of women. Or any minority for that matter. In fact, the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ gave sports journalism, all 150+ of their newspapers and websites, an overall F on their report card for their hiring practices among women. By the way, this is the third year in a row they’ve received this grade.

I guess we should do a golf clap for ESPN though, since apparently they are one of the only organizations that increased its hiring of women and minorities in 2012.

“ … Of the 11 women who were sports editors at this level, six worked for ESPN and two worked for The Sporting News,” said Richard Lapchick, director of the sports institute. “If the ESPN and The Sporting News sports editors who are women were removed, the percentage of female sports editors would drop from 13.9 percent to 4.2 percent.”

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2012 Associated Press Sports Editors Racial and Gender Report Card

While sports journalism may be failing big time, it’s encouraging to see that radio opportunities for women have slightly spiked. I recently was able to interview Rachel Giordano, the executive producer for Channel 95.5’s Mojo in the Morning, and was able to get her input on her experience as a woman in the industry and how she thinks things have evolved over the years. Rachel began her career in television, working for notable television shows like The Late Show with David Letterman and The View before deciding to move her production talents to radio, first in Atlanta, and then finally settling here in Detroit. Since she became the executive producer of the show, Mojo in the Morning has risen to the top of the ratings and secured the number one position in the most sought-after listener demographics.

Rachel at work during one of Mojo in the Morning's "Summer Town Tour" stops last May

Rachel at work during one of Mojo in the Morning’s “Summer Town Tour” stops last May


From your experience/what you’ve noticed, how do you think the media industry has evolved in the last few years in terms of opportunities and acceptance of women?
I can only speak specifically to radio and I think there is still a very small percentage of women that are hosting their own show as opposed to just being the traffic or entertainment reporter girl. I hope it can evolve and change but women need to put themselves in the position to give more. Most get complacent with just having any on-air time that they don’t strive for more. I have noticed more women producers which I really like; they are hard to find as most women want to be on the air. In my opinion, most guys are willing to pay their dues and work their way into the system where girls think they are cute and have a good voice so they don’t work on the actual craft of broadcasting.
Has being a woman ever (positively or negatively) affected your career?
Only when I am called a bitch when being assertive. Sometimes it’s okay to be a bitch though… Honestly I wouldn’t know if it has impacted me either way. I work very hard and hope that is what has impacted me, not what sex I am.
Do you think that in the next decade there will be more opportunities for women in media?
There are plenty of opportunities, they just have to learn about them and educate themselves on what the positions entail. It’s all about who you know, so get to know the right people and doors open regardless of sex.
Do you think that getting married and having kids has affected your career?
Yes it has – I have less time to focus on my day-to-day duties but yet it has given my particular storyline on the show MUCH more value in my opinion. It has also calmed me down, making me realize that my career is important but I need to pick my battles.
What advice would you give for women (or anyone!) looking to break into the industry?
Do as many internships as possible and get to know as may people as you can in the industry. Maintain those contacts as much as you can because who you know is your best way into the business. Find a way to make yourself invaluable so they have to create a position for you.

Rachel brings up a lot of great points, but I especially liked her advice about how to avoid becoming pigeonholed as a woman in the media industry. All too often we see women reporting the traffic or entertainment segments on a news or radio show, and it’s worth pushing for more. While I agree that some women become complacent in these positions, I also think that many may be too timid to ask for more. One of the biggest ways that women can rise to success is to become more assertive. If this means being perceived as a bitch every once in a while, so be it (I think working around Rachel is starting to rub off on me).
Unfortunately, there are no statistics or infographs that could accurately predict where the future will take women in the media. However, even though men still dominate the industry, there are quite a few strong and successful women leading and growing online news organizations. Organizations like The Huffington Post, Slate, Yahoo!, and Politico all have female top editors (Griffin, 2014), and all of these websites are solidifying a spot in the ever-changing world of online journalism. Also, there are now organizations that are fighting to specifically combat the under representations of women. One of these is is Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!) which markets itself as a nonprofit dedicated to building a “robust, effective, inclusive movement for gender justice in media.” I believe that continuing to have solid female role models in the industry will only help to encourage women to strive for more out of their media career, and to reassure nervous college graduates that they are making a good decision to go into journalism.

As women continually outnumber men in journalism programs at universities around the world, where do they all end up? According to the Women’s Media Center, many end up in PR and advertising positions instead.

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A positive sign for the future though: the Pew Research Center has revealed that when it comes to social media, women are dominating. To me, this means nothing but good things. Social media is the present and will continue to be the future. If women can continue to rule the social media platforms most used by news organizations and elsewhere, they will be able to grow their audience to unbelievable heights.

Overall, I believe that the root of the problem does not lie in journalism alone. Women are historically underrepresented in a multitude of careers, and this has been addressed as an issue for years. In many ways we are still living in a “man’s world,” but I firmly believe that that is changing. While the statistics may be slow and steady, I feel as though women are going to rise to the top of the news world due to their social media savvy, and an overall change in the way that society views women in leadership roles.

As a graduating senior who in many ways is scared out of her mind to enter this industry, I’m also extremely fired up. I know that it won’t be easy to break into the bubble and create a career, but I’ve never been one to take the easy way out. Journalism isn’t for the weak or the timid. True journalism is for those brave enough to still want to expose the truth in an age of digital disruption and a multitude of obstacles that weren’t there only fifteen years ago. I’m ready for what’s in store, and I’m ready to become of those strong, positive media role models that I mentioned we need more of earlier.

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Facebook: Force for Good or Force for Trolls?

“Is Facebook a Force for Good?”

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It’s hilarious to me that this was chosen as our debate topic for class when just today I exasperatedly exclaimed to a friend:

“It seriously blows my mind how many people on Facebook legitimately think that anyone cares about their opinion.”

Wait, wait, wait… Hear me out. I know that sentence above seems pretty harsh, but it’s how Facebook has made me feel lately. I surf Facebook every. single. day. even though I have no idea why and often have no idea how I got there. I scroll the newsfeed aimlessly (sometimes for hours!!!) and between the scattered images of drunken college kids, birthday posts, former classmate’s babies (SIDE NOTE: how do people have babies already when I can’t even keep track of my keys?), and BuzzFeed quizzes, all I ever see are shared articles with long, drawn out, controversial captions, or ridiculous arguments in comment sections. Facebook has gotten so comical that one of my favorite hobbies as of late is watching people angrily share articles from The Onion, believing that they’re true (this happens more than you’d think).

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The interesting thing about this trend I’ve noticed though, is that most of the people who are taking part in these obnoxious behaviors of oversharing and initiating online catfights are the older generations on Facebook. These aren’t 13-year-olds behind an iPhone; these are people’s moms, dads, and even grandparents! Back in November, I was on the receiving end of their terror when the radio show I work for posted a picture of myself on Halloween for a topic we did about parents writing embarrassing Facebook comments. Hidden behind computer screens, scores of men and women (mostly ages 30-55!) tore into not only my appearance, but my personal character, and even my relationship with my mom. By the end of the day there were THOUSANDS of malicious comments on the post that were made by people who I’d never meet and who only knew about me what I had shared in the picture and revealed on the radio. After trying to ignore them for a day, I eventually attempted to defend myself in a comment on the page but it was quickly drowned out by the relentless trolls. Things got so out of hand that the post has since been deleted off of my work’s Facebook page.

(It’s worth noting that these reactions were only seen on their Facebook page even though the SAME photo/segment was shared on their website, Twitter, and text message line as well)

The original screenshot shared on the Facebook page

The original screenshot shared on the Facebook page

The only evidence left that the segment ever even existed

The only evidence left that the segment ever even existed

Perhaps I have a cynical view of the Facebook world because I’ve experienced the distress that its users can inflict on others. However, maybe my view isn’t so much cynical as it is realistic. Sure, maybe your friends write nice comments on your profile picture, but take a look at the interactions between strangers and you’ll notice it’s not exactly an uplifting and accepting community. While I don’t think Facebook was intended to become a toxic environment, and I do appreciate its positive qualities (like keeping up with long distance friends and family), I still think it is negatively affecting everyone’s lives in some way whether you realize it or not. Freedom of Speech is a beautiful thing but many on Facebook confuse it with Freedom to be an Asshole.

I’ll leave you with this: I think it’s very telling that many of the top comments on the popular photography blog Humans of New York often exclaim how “refreshing” it is to see such a positive comments section on a Facebook page. This clearly would not be such a popular belief on the page if the majority of Facebook was being utilized as a force for good.

The top comment on this HONY picture displays a common sentiment of restored faith in comments sections due to the content of the page

The top comment on this HONY picture displays a common sentiment of restored faith in comments sections due to the content of the page

Another example of a top comment from HONY

Another example of a top comment from HONY

Final example from HONY

Final example from HONY

Video Did Not Kill the Radio Star – An Interview with Shannon Murphy

The digital era is well upon us, and many have wondered if radio has a place in this new era, or if it will be left behind. With millions of listeners tuning in around the country, Mojo in the Morning on WKQI Channel 95.5 has secured a place for itself in the competitive world of broadcast media. Recently, I was given the chance to sit down and talk with one of the show’s cohosts, Shannon Murphy. Shannon, known for her entertainment news segment “Shannon’s Dirty on the Thirty” on the show as well as being the woman to pull the reins back on her cohosts Mojo and Spike, is definitely a fan favorite and well-known media figure in Detroit. Though Mojo in the Morning began back in 2002, she didn’t join the team until 2009, but has often been credited as being the “missing piece” that finally brought the show together. As the lone woman on a panel of three, I thought it would be interesting to hear from her about how she got her start in radio, how being a woman has affected her career, and what advice she would give to hopeful journalists.

Spike, Mojo, and Shannon from Mojo in the Morning

Spike, Mojo, and Shannon from Mojo in the Morning

Shannon filling in for Kelly Ripa back in 2010

Shannon filling in for Kelly Ripa back in 2010 on Live with Regis & Kelly

Shannon and her husband Andrew with their baby girl Lucy

Shannon and her husband Andrew with their baby girl Lucy

Shannon on air with Lucy during Mojo in the Morning's "Town Tour" where the broadcast on location around metro Detroit

Shannon on air with Lucy during Mojo in the Morning’s “Town Tour” where the broadcast on location around metro Detroit

Shannon, myself, and Spike

Shannon, myself, and Spike

Video Chatting: Jetson Technology for Journalists

Though there still isn’t a such thing as a “morning mask” that we can all put on when we need to look our best bright and early, the Jetsons did accurately predict something in this video: Video calling. With Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and many more, there are endless ways to connect with others face to face without ever having to actually see them. When it comes to journalism, video chatting has created enormous opportunities for journalists and news organizations that perhaps would not have been possible just a decade ago.

CNN utilizing Skype for an interview panel on air

CNN utilizing Skype for an interview panel on air

Video calls are now so normalized in TV news broadcasts, that many don’t even realize that they are taking place. Since Skype is a free service that anyone with a computer and webcam can download, utilizing it for interviews and breaking news has become many news organizations go-to. By using technology like Skype, many costs such as studio time, paying for guests to travel, hiring a crew to fly out on location, and more are now eliminated. Plus, when breaking news happens, a news station can easily and quickly request to set up an online video interview with an expert rather than waiting days for that person to come in studio or having to conduct the interview over the phone and relay the information.

Skype has also made it possible to better interview or question a subject considering that the journalist is able to see their body language and facial expressions while they are talking. When someone conducts an interview over the phone (and especially email) it’s very easy to miss certain cues and reactions that you would only see if you were speaking face to face. Video calling the interviewee allows the journalist to better analyze their answers and further understand the outcome of the interview as a whole.

Time magazine’s senior political analyst, Mark Halperin, Skyping in to MSNBC while in-flight

Time magazine’s senior political analyst, Mark Halperin, Skyping in to MSNBC while in-flight

Though some may argue that video chat technology is still low quality, it definitely is not so poor that it’s not worth using. Yes, news organizations occasionally run into video and audio problems by using Skype and Google Hangouts, but it happens less than one would think. In fact, as far back as 2011, MSNBC even conducted a live Skype interview with Time Magazine’s senior political analyst while he was in a bathroom of an in-flight airplane! I’m genuinely surprised that I can’t find a YouTube video of a Jetson’s episode like that anywhere…

As video technology continues to thrive and evolve over the next few years, I’m anxious to see where it will take journalism. CNN has already dabbled in the world of holograms, but unfortunately their random and meaningless use of the technology has made them more-so the butt of everyone’s jokes rather than technological innovators. I think we should continue to stick to and improve Skype and FaceTime, but perhaps leave holograms to R2D2 for now.

CNN using hologram technology for absolutely no reason at all

CNN using hologram technology for absolutely no reason at all…

Star Wars using hologram technology because they're a Sci Fi movie set in a fictional world...

Star Wars using hologram technology because they’re a Sci Fi movie set in a futuristic fictional world…

An Unexpected Career: A Photojournalism Piece

As the daughter of photographers, photography has always been an integral part of my life. For this photojournalism piece, I wanted to convey a story that I have personally been a witness to. In the 80s and 90s my mother worked in cable as the manager of the video production department of her network. During this time, she was able to direct, produce, and report on anything from documentaries to celebrity interviews. However, in the late 90s her network was eliminated and she was subsequently laid off. After that, my mother decided to become a stay-at-home mom while my father stepped up as the sole bread-winner and continued his photography business. Though she temporarily gave up her successful career, she always planned on returning to it one day once my siblings and I were older.

On August 8, 2004 my father died of a completely unexpected heart attack. Not only did my mother have to begin an entirely new life as a single mom of 3 kids, but she was also forced to inherit my dad’s photography business and put to rest her own dreams of one day returning to broadcast journalism.

This photo story strives to display how sometimes your plans for the future aren’t always what become reality. Though my mom’s awards and autographs are now boxed up and tucked away, her success continues today. I hope you will notice how my father’s presence is still very active throughout his business in subtle yet special ways, and how my mother has persevered through difficult circumstances.

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Investigating Investigative Journalism

John Oliver discovering investigative journalism today only exists on fictional TV shows like The Newsroom

John Oliver discovering investigative journalism today only exists on fictional TV shows like The Newsroom

Whatever happened to investigative journalism? You know, traveling to underreported areas of the world, unearthing stories that no one is telling but need to be heard? That’s the question Jon Oliver set out to uncover in this hilarious (yet depressing) segment by The Daily Show from 2013.

Though the piece sets itself up as a traditional journalistic story you might find on mainstream news, the entire segment revolves around the use of comedy. What’s interesting though, is that the comedy used only emphasizes the point of the story that investigative journalism is being eliminated for absurd reasons. For example, when Kaj Larsen informs Oliver he’s no longer a journalist because CNN eliminated their entire investigative journalism unit, Oliver pauses for a few seconds to “Let that sink in” before reacting in a dramatically shocked way.

For the viewer, it’s clear that not much prior knowledge was expected on the subject considering the story revolved around the shocking truth about the fall of investigative journalism. However, as an aspiring journalist, I was eager to read up on this topic, and it prompted me to go online to discover more.

Oliver realizing there's no saving investigative journalism

Oliver finding out investigative journalism is being removed because it’s not profitable

Even though Jon Stewart, John Oliver, and Stephen Colbert continually stress that they aren’t “journalists” and aren’t supposed to be taken seriously, there’s no denying their power and intelligence. Plus, a story like this probably would’ve never been told without The Daily Show because eliminating investigative journalism is not something news networks want viewers to know. While there may be jokes, many of their topics are serious conversations that need to be had and wouldn’t without them. I feel I often trust satirical news shows more than hard news networks simply because they don’t take themselves or anyone else too seriously. When so much of the news today is depressing or terrifying, I find comfort in knowing there’s TV shows I can watch to laugh as well as be informed.

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My Friday Evening Date with David Muir

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To say I was excited to watch my TV boyfriend favorite male journalist, David Muir, deliver the evening news for this week’s assignment would be an understatement. In a world where network TV news audiences are dwindling, and informing oneself is as easy as going on Twitter, I am one of the few who still truly loves and cherishes the routine of settling down and watching the 6:30pm news.

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I analyzed the ABC World News episode from Friday, February 20th which featured top stories such as winter storm warnings, progress in the American Sniper trial, new footage pertaining to the Hannah Anderson kidnapping, superbug illness fears, and a preview of the Academy Awards.

The opening story pertained to the winter storms that have been viciously hitting the US in the past few months. This piece had two separate journalists out on location to showcase how badly certain areas have been hit. I felt having the journalists on location was helpful for these stories because it put the audience in the action.

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ABC journalist Tom Llamas on location in Massachusetts

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ABC journalist Matt Gutman on location in Tennessee

However, the piece closed with David and meteorologist, Rob Marciano, discussing the weather for the weekend in-studio which I thought was unnecessary. People are more interested in the weather happening in their immediate area rather than a broad analysis of the weather throughout the US.

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Marciano explains the weekend weather (that everyone will find on their iPhone later)

Though the weather reports were given a significant amount of air time, the newscast moved on with a quick update on the American Sniper trial and then a report by Cecilia Vega on the threat of superbugs (flu) in the US. Next, I thought the story about kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson was played up more than it should’ve been. Thomas kept emphasizing how exclusive the grainy night-vision footage was that they obtained of her rescue, but I was thoroughly unimpressed.

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Thomas reporting on the Hannah Anderson footage

The newscast continued with an update on the Slenderman attempted murder case that ABC’s 20/20 has followed for months. However, it felt more like a promotion for the new episode that night rather than a story for World News.

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Advertisement for 20/20’s latest episode following Muir’s update on the story

Finally, two quick stories about a road rage murder case and new information about Nascar driver Kurt Bush (both short pieces annoyingly wedged with commercial breaks) before Robin Roberts’ report on the Oscars.

Muir teasing the story about the Academy Awards

Muir teasing the story about the Academy Awards

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Robin Roberts interviewing 2015 Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris

Hugh Jackman closing the newscast with advice for Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris

Former Oscar host Hugh Jackman closing the newscast with advice for NPH

This edition of World News Tonight showcased many examples of how news has changed thanks to technology. A few examples: I watched on a laptop, the ‘#WorldNewsTonight’ bug was always in the corner of the screen, and footage personally shot by Jackman via computer was used in the show. My biggest complaint as a viewer: not enough female journalists! The only one featured? Cecilia Vega, the weekend anchor for World News!

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For me, there’s something therapeutic about being able to sit down and be told the news of the day. Though we live in a digital era, and I’m constantly on social media, network TV news will always be near to my heart. It sounds corny, but it’s a tradition that I grew up with, and it’s a great way to come down from the craziness of the work day. I hope to one day be sitting at an anchor chair just like David Muir, relaying the day’s events to America.

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Data Visualization of Women in Newspaper Top Editing Jobs

According to this article by the Pew Research Center and the ASNE, almost two-thirds (63%) of U.S. newspapers had at least one woman in their top three editing positions in 2013. This information was compiled by the the annual census from American Society of News Editors using 2013 data.

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The data also revealed that 49% of the papers responding said that one of their top editors was a woman, 12% had employed two women in the top spots, and 2% responded that all three top editor positions were filled by women.

Though this project did not have as many graphs as I was anticipating or hoping, I believe it was still effective. This is because the article itself was incredibly data-heavy and having the graph helped to understand and visualize the numbers rather than just spitting out statistics at the reader.

However, I would not say that it was perfect. Though there was one graph included, if there had been many more, I think that it would have been more impactful for the reader. Even though a link to the ASNE website where you could look for more graphs or tables pertaining to this data was included, it would have been better to have had them accessible on the page of the article.

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Table not included in original article from http://www.asne.org

Most often, graphs of some sort are used to present ideas in present-day journalism. Perhaps that’s why the Pew article did not include this chart. This is different from traditional journalism because classic journalism depicted information using mainly words or photographs. I believe that in today’s world, rather than reading numbers and statistics, the audience would prefer to visualize the information in a colorful or interactive graph.

The biggest shortcoming of data visualization in my opinion, is that rather than reading an entire article, a reader is much more inclined to skip down to the graphs or charts and get right to the point. This can lead to misinterpretations, and also takes a blow at the hard work put in by the author of the article.

Though my blog is primarily focused on female journalists, I thought this article was still fitting considering many editors began their careers as journalists, or at least have very solid knowledge of the field.

Plus, Mackenzie McHale from The Newsroom is my spirit animal even if she’s not technically a reporter (…Yes I know she’s not an editor but a news director but let’s just pretend for tonight).

The Brian Williams Debacle & the Role Social Media Played

For NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, these past two weeks are shaping up to be the demise of his decades long career in broadcast journalism. Commonly referred to as the “face” of NBC News, he has recently been suspended from his position as the Nightly News anchor and managing editor after it was discovered that his account of being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq was highly embellished. And by embellished I mean that it was pretty much entirely made up. However, if you haven’t heard about that by now, I am very concerned as to where you’re getting your news on a regular basis.

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Williams with veteran he claimed saved his life after their helicopter was ‘shot down by enemy fire’

While Williams’ credibility is now under investigation, and he slips into the shadows and out of the anchor chair for the next six months (maybe forever?) I can’t help but notice how his lie came to be uncovered is a result of technology and even digital disruption. Actually, there’s probably a good chance that if Facebook did not exist, Williams would have been reporting from his usual desk tonight.

The unraveling of his lie began when soldiers who were actually in the aircraft that was hit by enemy fire called him out on Nightly News’ very own Facebook fan page. Williams had attended a New York Rangers hockey game where he appeared with the soldier who had been his security while on his assignment in Iraq in 2003. The announcer at the game made a huge presentation featuring the two and stated that the veteran was with Williams when his helicopter was “hit and crippled by enemy fire.” Williams then went on to feature this appearance on the January 30th Nightly News broadcast and to post about the feature on the NBC Nightly News Facebook page. That’s when the Lance Reynolds, the flight engineer who was 100% really on the helicopter that was attacked, decided to put Williams in his place. I have attached the series of events as screenshots which detail the original video, the comments made by Reynolds, another soldier who stepped up, and Brian William’s apology via Facebook comment.

The original Facebook video posted about the feature and the exaggerated story

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Reynolds’ post calling out the lie

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Williams posts an apology to those who have caught his lie

So what I’m wondering now is whether or not something like this would have ever been caught without the help of social media. More than ever, the general public has the opportunity to voice their opinion and arguments to a gigantic audience thanks to websites like Facebook and Twitter. Without Facebook it would have been much easier for NBC or Williams to have silenced these claims if they were just being made by people complaining via letters or phone calls. Sure, these soldiers could have exposed him by taking their story and evidence to a competing network, but that would have definitely taken much longer. Reynolds posted his comment on January 31st and by February 10th it was announced that Williams had been suspended. Justice would have never been that swift had they gone to someone like ABC, CBS, CNN, etc. All would have had to do extensive research to prove the claims, and who knows, they might have even held on to the story until ratings sweeps.

In six months we will find out if both NBC and the American public value journalistic ethics and credibility. While I have respected Brian Williams for years, I will continue to tune into ABC World News with David Muir. Six months is a long time to be away from the news desk, and perhaps NBC is hoping that six months is also long enough for the public to decide that they don’t feel it’s that big of a deal anymore. Unfortunately for Brian Williams and NBC’s ratings, I deep down do not believe that he nor the network will be able to recover from this disaster and that when August rolls around they will not be able to pretend as if nothing ever happened.

In the meantime, hilarious ‘Lyin’ Williams’ memes will continue to circulate the Internet in hopes that we will #neverforget like Brian claims he did.

Internet Trolls and their Obsession with Female Journalists

It used to be that “trolls” were only found in fairytales like the Three Billy Goats Gruff, or as weird dolls with hair sticking straight up gathering dust on a child-turned-teen’s bookshelf. Unfortunately, trolls are no longer the stuff of mythical legends or a plastic figurine. Nowadays, trolls can be found at every corner of the planet, creepily hiding behind the screen of a computer or smartphone, always looking for their next victim to insult or harass via forums and social media.

In this edition of Mal in the Morning, I dive into the topic of female journalists and their struggle with online harassment. Even though no one is safe from cyberbullying and trolls, statistics have shown that women are more often targeted, and that women are more emotionally affected by the harassment than men. Take a listen for an in-depth look at how technology and digital disruption in journalism is affecting the lives and confidence of Women in the News.