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Matt Winkler: The Need for More Women in Journalism

January 16, 2014

Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler participated in a panel discussion on women in journalism on January 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Among the topics were the lack of women in newsrooms and female sources in stories. “There is a paucity, sadly, of women’s voices in every profession,” Winkler said. “If we identify the women who are protagonists, who are doing things, and commit ourselves to what they’ve done, it gets us that much closer,” Winkler said.

He highlighted the Bloomberg series by executive editor Daniel Moss on top female movers and shakers in the economy, and the company-wide initiative started by Lisa Kassenaar, Bloomberg News’ Editor at Large for Global Women’s Coverage.

Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief, Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent, Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker, Matt Winkler, Bloomberg News editor in chief, and Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist.

“It got louder, and bigger and better,” Winkler said of Bloomberg’s reorganization to help women in the company three years ago. “We’ve tripled the number of team leaders at Bloomberg News, more than half of the head count reports to a woman. With that result, more woman managing editors are in more places around the world.”

He added, “Where women have the greatest freedom to work, they have the greatest freedom to make families. A career doesn’t end when you make a family decision. There’s a guarantee that the position you had will be waiting for you. That can only happen if it’s a conscious policy.”

The discussion was led by Linda Kramer Jenning, Washington editor of Glamour and a professor of journalism at Georgetown University, and included Sally Buzbee, AP Washington bureau chief, Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief, Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist, Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent, and Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker.

Contributed by Stephanie Green of Bloomberg News.