International Women Media Leaders Conference Spotlights 5 Model Companies

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Five media companies that are considered models for working women in their regions are being highlighted at the International Women Media Leaders Conference in Washington on Wednesday, March 23.

Five media companies that are considered models for working women in their regions are being highlighted at the International Women Media Leaders Conference in Washington on Wednesday, March 23.

After a two-year study of broadcasting and print operations around the world, researchers found Canada’s CBC, Uganda’s New Vision, Peru’s El Commercio S.A., Germany’s Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), and Norway’s Verdens Gang as the most “exemplary media companies in their regions.”

Top women media leaders from around the world will hear about how these companies deal with pressing gender issues during a conference hosted by the International Women’s Media Foundation and George Washington University’s Global Media Institute. Executives from each company will appear on a panel at 9 a.m. on March 23 at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, after a global report on the status of women is unveiled.

Appearing on the panel will be Canada’s Jennifer McGuire, CBC general manager and editor-in-chief, Uganda’s Barbara Kaija, The New Vision editor-in-chief, Peru’s Silvia Miro Quesda, Empressa Editora El Commercio S.A. , Germany’s Ines Pohl, Taz, Die Tageszeitung managing editor and Norway’s Kjersti Sortland, Verdens Gang managing editor.

McGuire, who became general manager and editor-in-chief of Canada’s CBC news in 2009, headed the biggest structural change in the history of CBC News – revamping the look and feel of the broadcaster. She has championed the movement of CBC into a fully integrated multiplatform broadcaster.

Sortland, managing editor of Norway’s Verdens Gang, was frustrated by the scant attention given domestic murders in 2007. She gave her reporters a challenge: profile all of the victims of domestic violence in Norway since 2000. The idea grew into the newspaper’s largest multi-media project and ultimately won its journalists another SKUP diploma. The project changed the way police report murders and prompted a government-funded investigation of domestic violence.

Kaija, who became editor-in-chief of New Vision Printing and Publishing Company last year, has led Uganda’s media powerhouse with her strong editorial skills. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining editorial quality throughout diverse media platforms.

Miró Quesada, a 20-year veteran of the daily El Commercio in Peru, has strengthened the newsroom’s editorial product and integrated multimedia. She co-authored the book “Derribando Muros” that describes how new media is changing the landscape of communication.

Pohl, who took over as editor-in-chief of Die Tageszeitung (TAZ) in 2009, transformed Germany’s leading alternative newspaper. Her efforts were were validated when Medium Magazine awarded her the title “Newcomer of the Year.”

Media Contact:
Jane Podesta, jpodesta(at)iwmf(dot)org, 202- 567-2602

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