Friday, March 27, 2009

Soledad at Women As Changemakers Series at NYU

On March 23rd, Soledad O'Brien spoke as part of the "Women as Changemakers" series for Women’s History Month at NYU.

Speaking to an audience of NYU students, alums and the local community, she addressed women’s issues in the workplace based on her own experiences in television journalism.

She addressed some sobering numbers: According to 2008 stats from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, women hold only 37.36% of newsroom jobs, versus men at 64.8% of managerial positions.

Men comprise 58.2 percent of all copy editors, 60.9 percent of reporters and 72.9 percent of photographers.

O'Brien, who reached early fame with a technology program called THE SITE in 1996, still embraces technology but noted that she does not use Twitter.

Asked about moral and ethical issues she has faced, she warned student journalists that they should to “Figure out your line early, because there are always going to be people pushing you across that line.”
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