Full Podcast of the event: soundcloud.com/hergirlfriday
A few months ago, VIDA released its 2011 count comparing female and male bylines in major publications. As usual, the results were pretty dismal.
The Atlantic? 235 male bylines and 91 female ones.
The New Yorker? 459 dudes, 165 ladies.
Harper's? 141 men, 42 women.
When the editor of Harper's was asked about the gender disparity, she explained, "The dearth of female bylines is an industry-wide issue. There may be some sort of a historical hangover from past years that has resulted in us getting fewer pitches from female writers, but I would like to change that equation."
All this got us thinking: How do we change the equation?
WE PITCH. MORE. STORIES.
While we're at it, why not learn a few tips from some of the best editors in the business?
Our panelists are:
Evan Ratliff, founder of The Atavist
Carolyn Ryan, Metro editor of The New York Times
Jessica Pressler, contributing editor to New York Magazine
Katherine Lanpher, award-winning print and broadcast journalist and teacher at the Op-Ed project.
Amy O'Leary, reporter of the New York Times
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Edited by Diana Diroy
Video by Diana Diroy and Marisa Wong
Photos by Molly Stinchfield