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Multi-talented entrepreneur wears many hats

Dentist looks to increase positive images of Black women in the media
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Misee Harris in her early teens wanted to be a dentist. Last year she wanted to be network television’s very first Black Bachelorette. “Once I reach one goal, I get another one. I’m never done,” says the first Black woman in 2011 to be accepted into the University of Kentucky Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. Dr. Misee [pronounced ‘Me-see’] Harris graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2006, and then attended the University of Kentucky Dentistry College and earned a Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree. Continue Reading →

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Some Black women crack media’s glass ceiling

 

 
Josie Thomas optimistic based on her CBS experience
 
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The number of women in leadership positions virtually has not changed since 2009, says a Women’s Media Center study on females in the media (see “Black women hammering at media’s glass ceiling: Mainstream offers them ‘dismal’ opportunities,” April 4, MSR). However, a top CBS female executive says the numbers are improving. CBS Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Josie Thomas was the featured speaker April 2 at University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications Spring Forum. She has held several management-level positions at CBS since 1995, and since being named to her present position last year, Thomas directly reports to network President and CEO Leslie Moonves. “I think there have been some notable strides” in media diversity, especially Black women as leaders, said Thomas in an interview with the MSR. “You have an Oprah Winfrey… You have a media mogul at that level and the people she probably mentored in her career. Continue Reading →

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Black women hammering at media’s glass ceiling — Mainstream offers them ‘dismal’ opportunities

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

A new study points to a “stubborn gender inequality” affecting females in U.S. media. “The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2013” study, released in March by the Women’s Media Center (WMC), found that women are seen less often than men on Sunday morning news shows and are often relegated to write “pink topics” such as food

and family stories. The overall employment of women in television newsrooms “remains flat,” according to the study. It also shows that “story framing and descriptions of women still too often fall into lazy stereotypes.”

“A gaping divide” in gender parity exists at both traditional and newer news sites. Male bylines outnumber female bylines by two-thirds “even in coverage of issues of great importance to women,” notes the WMC report. Continue Reading →

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