By: Nikki Usher | Washington Post
The firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson has been covered with all the gossipy verve of a traditional tabloid scandal. But by obsessing over the sordid details, we’re missing a key point: Technology has made it harder for women to survive, and thrive, in journalism. And that has big consequences for the quality of news we receive.
Admittedly, the cards have always been stacked against women. As Washington Post reporter Lydia DePillis aptly pointed out on her 100 percent men Tumblr, every single editor of The New Republic has been male. Almost every single newspaper chain is headed by a man, save Gannett. A recent New Yorker issue was written entirely by men.