A recent study demonstrated that we can successfully predict which messages will go viral and which will not. This study showed that the ideas that are destined to spread have a characteristic signature at their origin — that is, quite literally, within the brain of the sender. The more you value an idea that you want to spread, the more likely you are to be successful at spreading it. Which Messages Go Viral and Which Ones Don’t

Raising Teen Girls Voices in News & Media

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We do cool, radical things in the UK occasionally, choosing a woman to be Britons first person in space is one of those things.

Dr. Sue Black, 

GUARDIAN INCORRECT, MYSOGYNISTIC HEADLINE – “FIRST BRIT IN SPACE…”

Establishing a brand and confidence in their work proved crucial when it came time for the fellows to return to their outlets with their data journalism projects. There, they had to fight not only for extra time to produce data stories but also for airtime, column space, and the ability to break out of their standard web templates to accommodate embedded interactive content and special project pages.

Eva Constantaras on training data journalists where data journalism isn’t a standard practice: https://source.opennews.org/en-US/learning/developing-data-journalists-developing-world/

How Women’s eNews is Making a Difference #IWD2014 & Beyond

It’s March 8, International Women’s Day and the eighth day of women’s history month and so I have decided to blog about the work I do in celebration of women’s history, present and future. 

When Women’s eNews launched in 2000 being a news organization and a non-profit entity confused many people. Today, the nonprofit news room is much more common, but to many people figuring out how the work of Women’s eNews as a non profit committed to women’s rights is inline with our work as journalists causes pause for thought.

In the minds of many people a nonprofit women’s rights organization is direct service. Women need services they can’t access otherwise: nonprofit delivers. Whether this means access to new and needed skills, shelter for women at risk or providing health services supporters and donors see their support codified quickly into action of women served, saved and seen. At Women’s eNews, while we have done direct contact and training programs, we work outside of that model but what we do is underpin it.

Women’s eNews provides the understanding and inspiration for change through social justice journalism. We do this in several broad ways:

  • Helping set up the news agenda for conventional media;
  • Impacting opinion leaders and policymakers;
  • Serving as a resource and catalyst for rights organizations and activists;
  • Uncovering injustices, drawing attention to issues, disseminating information, and empowering readers.

In the real world that means we’ve connected women in Lebanon and Chile to skill share and change discriminatory legislation; we’ve informed the work of New York’s Committee on Health leading to a public hearing on maternal health and funding for doula services in brooklyn and we’ve made local news on women with disabilities breaking modeling boundaries have worldwide impact.

Feminism and the women’s rights movement exist because off a nuanced and active discrimination against women, refracted worldwide and experiencd in many different aspects of women’s lives. Nonprofits and NGOs who ‘act directly’ work to combat these discriminations by providing services overlooked or restricted to women. Anything from access to education for girls to the creation of opportunities of economic equality. In this way organizations hope to provide a framework of change led by the people who need it  most. On the best cases organization s can track their support services to changes in legislation and access to human rights.

This work cannot succeed in solitary though. Many direct service nonprofits have a niche focus and find themselves siloed from intersecting issues and a broader cohesive change. This is where social justice journalism and specifically the work of Women’s eNews comes in.

Through continued reporting and focus on women’s issues on a national and global scale Women’s eNews is not only recording the history of women but knitting together the intersections of women’s rights work. Amplifying success stories as guidelines for organizations and women and shaping the way the mainstream media frames news coverage to hear women’s voices and the nuance of women’s work. Every day Women’s eNews challenges erasure and contributions of all women around the world and marks another notch in progress for greater women’s representations in the news.

The research, reporting and education Women’s eNews does is read by academics, activists and legislators who weave it into their own work very often feeding into direct services.

On top of all that good the work of Women’s eNews actually feeds into my own passion for social justice journalism and the ability of news to play a huge, important role in social change and the pursuit of justice. Beyond the clickbait of celebrity and chaos the media has a real opportunity to educate in real time by providing context and information.

As an informed educator the media had a huge ability to demolish the walls built up around people at risk. Women’s eNews exists as the very best of consciousness raising - only instead of reaching small groups of women we’re rapidly spreading around the world in inboxes, on computer screens and, as we’ve been told, as print outs stuck on notice boards. We’re giving men a platform to learn and educate on a news platform that asks everyone to look outside of themselves. This work is invisible and indirect in someways but it needs to exist. And it needs to be funded. So if you, like me, believe in this you will donate to support the free subscriptions we offer to people around the world. You will donate to support the reporters who made women their focus in whatever beat they tread. And  you will donate to support the staff I work with every day who are brilliant, passionate and making invisible work matter. 

SRSLY do it: http://womensenews.org/donation

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One of my favourite illustrations from John Hunter's partner in anatomical study, Jan van Rymsdyk. 
John Hunter was a fantastic Scottish surgeon who studied the body and shared his learning with the help of Rymsdyk who illustrated the cadavers he cut up. 
While it was John’s brother, William, who became a ob/gyn to the high ranking women of Britain it was the work of John which provided the illustration of the way a baby grew and sat within a woman and changed the understanding of the internal workings of women at the time. The illustration came from a recently deceased, heavily pregnant woman - if I’m to believe what I read. 
A lot of John’s preparations and the illustrations he worked on with Jan are now housed at the Hunterian museum in Scotland but you can’t beat visiting the Hunterian museum in London. 

One of my favourite illustrations from John Hunter's partner in anatomical study, Jan van Rymsdyk. 

John Hunter was a fantastic Scottish surgeon who studied the body and shared his learning with the help of Rymsdyk who illustrated the cadavers he cut up. 

While it was John’s brother, William, who became a ob/gyn to the high ranking women of Britain it was the work of John which provided the illustration of the way a baby grew and sat within a woman and changed the understanding of the internal workings of women at the time. The illustration came from a recently deceased, heavily pregnant woman - if I’m to believe what I read. 

A lot of John’s preparations and the illustrations he worked on with Jan are now housed at the Hunterian museum in Scotland but you can’t beat visiting the Hunterian museum in London