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Daily Breakthrough, November 19, 1977 - Page 16. November 19, 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 1, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/6372/show/6351.

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Title Daily Breakthrough, November 19, 1977
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date November 19, 1977
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Transcript 1 • NNA ALLEN: media watch iii-ar"' **e**** DONNA ALLEN When Media Report to Women was started five years ago, no one thought the typical fledgling women's periodical with three to six mimeographed pages every other month, had much of a future. But most people were counting without the precision and tenacity of the unflappable Donna Allen. Today the 16-page newsletter, a compact compendium of the status of women and of feminist issues in every area of the media, is self-supporting through subscriptions. When Allen saw the problems with coverage of women's issues by the mainstream (white male) press, she decided to turn her talents to providing a forum for women. Soon Media Report was carrying news by and about women who worked in communications as well as information about how women are portrayed in media. In an interview with Matrix, the quarterly magazine of Women in Communications, Allen pointed out that women are still a minority in media production and management. "There are two ways in which women's progress toward full equality is hindered by this: First, women lack a means of communication. After all, if you don't know you can do some things or change other things, you probably won't do them. Second, women's progress is hindered by attacks by the media-the press divides us, and then asks why we are not together." Dr. Allen, economist, historian and author, is a member of the Media Committee, U.S. Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year and convenor of the Media Task Force, National Women's Agenda. In the January 1, 1976 edition of Media Report, she outlined Three Principles of Feminist Journalism to counter the problems created by a male-dominated press. They are: 1) "no attacks on people"; 2) " more factual information with full texts and direct quotes where possible"; and 3) "people should speak for themselves." While Allen uses these criteria for First of its kind: EQUALOGT CONTRACT I for Marry i rig, Married, or Cohabiting Adults Model agreement for living together equally, non sexist; Negotiation tool, discussion aid, relationship review, Do-It-Yourself work booklet with all tasks & roles negotiable. Sample agreements cover basic areas for living together, promote open exchange, reduce conflict & manipulation & lead to increased intimacy, autonomy & responsiveness. Legal precedents noted for feminist concepts, Humanistic guidelines for separation/divorce & reading references. Developed & tested professionally by J. & P. Baute. Copy $3.00 Quantity rates for classes & agencies; ask for lists of other forms & checklists used in developing awareness & communication skills in grps, edctn, cnslng. INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RESPONSIVENESS Dept. H, 6200 Winchester Road Lexington, KY 40511 the selection and presentation of its news information in Media Report, she adds, "We have also found them useful as a standard for examining the performance of other media as well as our own. We believe that journalism based on these three principles is more respectful of people." These concepts challenge the traditional theory of mass communications which holds that using labels to describe sources, citing sources' opinions instead of provable facts, and paraphrasing quotes are sometimes acceptable practices in both news and feature stories. In discussing the problems that gave rise to the feminist journalism principles, Allen wrote, "These three basic criteria address the most common complaints women have about the communications media . . . and we believe that their application could constructively improve the conditions that give rise to each type of criticism: 1) that the image of women in media too often is derogatory, restrictive and inaccurate; 2) that the media do not carry enough news coverage of women's activities and issues, especially in light of the proportion of the public that are women; and 3) that insufficient employment of women in the media, particularly in policy-making positions, results in men speaking for the female 53 per cent of the population" (italics hers). Media Report to Women practices all that Allen preaches. Stories use extensive quotes, exact dates and sources' names. And the subscription rate of $15 a year is reduced to $10 for women who send a personal check or money order, since women in general are paid only two-thirds of men's wages. In addition to Media Report to Women, the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, also founded by Allen, publishes an annual index and directory which lists more than 500 women in media, women's presses, library collec tions and publishing houses. The Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization devoted to research and publishing of practical and theoretical works on the communication of information. The Institute does research on all aspects of communication, studies the ways that freedom of the press can be extended to more people, and informs women who have a special interest in media of new developments in the field. One of the Institute's contributions to research is Women in Media: A Documentary Source Book by Maurine Beasley and Sheila Silver. The book, published in August of this year and distributed by the Institute, is a historical anthology beginning with Mary Katherine Goddard's 1970 "Petition to U.S. Senate," and ending with "Satellite Communication: Women in Media of the Future." Allen is not alone in her advocacy of press rights for women. Associates in the Institute include Passages author Gail Sheehy; Gloria Steinem and Patricia Carbine, founders of Ms. magazine; Women and Madness author Phyllis Chesler; Susan Brownmiller, author of Against Our Will; Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful author; also Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff and Gertrude Barnstone, founders of Houston Breakthrough. From Donna Allen's original idea, the Institute has grown to a network of approximately 400 associates around the country, all of them committed to non-" discriminatory employment of women in media and better coverage of women's issues. Media Report expands the network even further with some 1,000 individual subscriptions and about 500 more to libraries, journalism schools, editors and station managers To subscribe or share ideas, write Dr. Donna Allen, Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, 3306 Ross Place N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008. 1 MIDLIFE ... the newsletter for young women over 35 In a complex world, MIDLIFE searches out the influences and events that affect the lives of its readers, recounts the information in simple, everyday language, and suggests appropriate action to effect change. MIDLIFE is easy to read, objective, practical, and strives to expand, enrich, and improve the direction and scope of your life. To subscribe, or to request a sample copy of MIDLIFE, clip on the dotted line below, fill out form, and send to: MIDLIFE Box 13475-B St. Petersburg, FL 33733 My check or cash enclosed for: One year subscription, 10 issues, $10.00 □ Sample copy $ 1.00 □ Name Address.. City State.. .Zip.. Afc. MAGAZINE CONGRATULATES THE WOMEN WHO HAVE COME TO HOUSTON TO MOVE HISTORY FORWARD IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE: COUNTDOWN TO HOUSTON: MEMO FOR THE FIRST NATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE COMING UP IN DECEMBER: SPECIAL ISSUE: THE ARTS EXPLOSION WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Ms. Magazine. A good place to find yourself. DAILY BREAKTHROUGH NOVEMBER 19, 1977 PAGE 15