National Press Club

Closing journalism’s gender gap, 6:30 pm tonight

June 29, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute will co-host with The Poynter Institute on June 30 a forum focused on women in the newsroom culture, a conversation invigorated by the recent firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.

The event will take place from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Murrow Room. Registration is required.

The program, “Closing Journalism’s Gender Gap: A Forum on Women and Leadership,” will encourage action to expand the influence of women in the newsroom.

Panelists from across journalism and media leadership include:

Carolyn Ryan, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times;

Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic and former president of the American Society of News Editors;

Lynette Clemetson, director of editorial initiatives at NPR;

Patti Dennis, director of recruiting for Gannett Broadcasting;

Anders Gyllenhaal, vice president of news for McClatchy Newspapers;

Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president of academic programs;

Jill Geisler, senior faculty for Poynter’s leadership and management division, will moderate.

“Forty years after women began entering newsrooms in substantial numbers, it’s urgent to address the challenges women face in achieving parity in the newsroom,” said Barbara Cochran, president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute and Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Tim Franklin, president of The Poynter Institute, said, “I’m excited that Poynter and The National Press Club Journalism Institute are working to move the discussion forward about where women leaders are in journalism today and how to transform and improve their opportunities in the future.”