Media Insider: Women of Color Underrepresented in Newsrooms, Univision Searches for New CEO, Twitter Officially Launches Bookmarks Feature

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Women Of Color Are Severely Underrepresented In Newsrooms, Study Says

People of color make up nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, and women make up more than half. But you couldn’t guess that by looking at American journalists, reports NPR. According to a new report by the Women’s Media Center, women of color represent just 7.95 percent of U.S. print newsroom staff, 6.2 percent of local radio staff, and 12.6 percent of local TV news staff. Cristal Williams Chancellor, director of communications at the Women’s Media Center, told NPR, “Part of the challenges come from the plagues that have been part of society for decades, such as racism and sexism, and the old boy’s network.” Amanda Terkel, Washington bureau chief at the Huffington Post, said in the report, “So much of hiring in journalism is poaching from other news outlets, which is often a great way to get talent. But when you do that, you’re often dipping from the same pool of people rather than bringing in new voices.” The Women’s Media Center hopes the results from this report will serve as a “wake-up-call” to media. “We need a media that’s more representative and inclusive, and looks like America,” Williams Chancellor told NPR.

Also, re: women in the media: A new Bloomberg policy requires that at least one woman be on a panel in order for its journalists to participate.

Univision begins search for CEO as Randy Falco seeks retirement

Univision is in search of new leadership after Chief Executive Randy Falco, 64, announced plans to retire at the end of the year, despite signing a new two-year employment deal this past November. According to The New York Post, chairman of the board Haim Saban praised Falco in November for being “the architect of [Univision’s] evolution since 2011, guiding the company’s tremendous expansion, steadily improving Univision’s financial performance and significantly improving the balance sheet by paying down debt.” However, days after signing the deal, the board learned Univision would miss its 2017 target for earnings by about 15 percent or $200 million. The board grew further discenhanted in a March 1 meeting where Falco presented his vision for the company. “They lost confidence in him and have started a search,” a source said.

Related: Univision scraps IPO, leaving billionaires without exit plan

Twitter Officially Introduced Its Bookmarks Feature

Twitter launched its Bookmarks feature on Wednesday for users worldwide on Android, iOS, Twitter Lite, and Twitter’s mobile site. The new feature — which the company began testing last October — displays a new share icon beneath every tweet, allowing users to bookmark tweets for later, share them via direct message, or share them in other ways outside of Twitter. According to associate product manager, Jesar Shah, Twitter added the ability to save replies and share tweets “hours or days” after they are bookmarked, due to input received from users during the testing period. Bookmarked tweets are only visible to those who do the bookmarking and can be removed from Bookmarks at any time.

Speaking of Twitter: Twitter takes steps to prevent crypto scams on platform

Women’s Advancement Deeply is using WhatsApp to let readers experience the lives of women in developing countries

Women’s Advancement Deeply, the News Deeply platform focused on covering efforts to secure economic equality for women around the world, launched a WhatsApp story experiment to let readers experience decisions and challenges that working women face in developing countries. The experiment ran yesterday, March 8, for International Women’s Day. The team broadcasted hourly updates about a day in the life of three women: a duck farmer in rural Myanmar, a child protection case worker in north eastern Nigeria, and the first female chief executive of a bank in Pakistan. “Most of us are so involved in our own days, our own struggles for income and work-life balance, but to actually understand what that struggle means for other women, we thought the best way was just to walk people through it,” said Jumana Farouky, senior editor at Women’s Advancement Deeply. Readers can find additional context, analysis, statistics, and the timelines of each woman’s day on the Women’s Advancement Deeply website.

More on the struggles working women face: On International Women’s Day, CPJ looks at threats women journalists face

Enabling Publishers to Label Breaking News on Facebook

Facebook is running a test in the U.S. that lets a small group of local and national publishers identify and label breaking news. The move comes after users told the company they want more informative news about what is happening around them in their News Feeds. This week, the test is expanding so that more than 50 additional publishers in North America, Latin America, Europe and Australia will be able to label their stories as breaking news on Facebook. In the test, publishers will be able to label Instant Articles, mobile and web links, and Facebook Live as breaking news. Readers will then have the capability to provide feedback when they don’t consider a story to be breaking news. “Drawing attention to breaking news on Facebook will help get important information to people when it matters most,” said product manager Joey Rhyu. “This is an early test and we will keep working with news publishers through the Facebook Journalism Project to incorporate their feedback and refine how it works.”

Facebook continues to battle fake news: AP to debunk election misinformation on Facebook

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