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IN THE FIELD

Majority of Reporters Covering Syria Are Women

Despite report by feminist blogger to the contrary.

Feminist blogger Jill Filipovic wrote a post last week asking “Can girls even find Syria on a map” lamenting the lack of coverage of the crisis by women. Offensive headline aside, the report itself is not really accurate: there are actually more women on staff at British and American publications in the Middle East—and the Beirut bureau chiefs of The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Telegraph are all women. There are more male freelancers in the field, which could explain Filipovic’s comments, although some female journalists said it could have come from the lack of women who are honored for their work. Take the Rory Peck Awards, which nominates the work of freelance journalists, but failed to nominate a single woman for this year’s awards. “That’s just shameful,” said one Spanish female reporter. “I know so many talented women who applied, but it seems that they just get overlooked.”

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