Women’s eNews Receives Grant for New Writers Program

By: E&P Staff

The McCormick Tribune Foundation has awarded Women’s eNews a $40,000 grant to support the online news service’s New Writers Program (NWP).

NWP encourages undergraduate and graduate students in journalism or related fields to write for Women’s eNews.

“Women have been the majority in undergraduate and graduate journalism programs at least since 1977, when my class at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism was majority female for the first time,” said Rita Henley Jensen, editor in chief of the nonprofit news service. “But women’s interests remain poorly served by most news media.”

Henley Jensen added that a 2005 Project for Excellence in Journalism study showed that more than 75% of all news stories contain male sources, while only a third have even one female source.

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