“It was 40 years ago.” “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” “There’s nothing wrong with a 30-year-old single male asking a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old, or a 16-year-old out on a date.” These are quotes from public officials defending Roy Moore, Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.
War reporting doesn’t always mean traveling overseas. Sometimes the war is in a reporter’s backyard. From 2008 to 2011, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, directly across the border from El Paso, Texas, claimed the title “murder capital of the world.” More than 10,000 people in the city died when conflict between two drug cartels exploded.
We who teach college-level journalism have observed for years that women dominate our classrooms. In fact, an annual survey shows that two-thirds of students in journalism programs are women, a number that has held steady since the 1980s. The latest statistics from the American Society of News Editors show approximately the reverse: Women remain 37 percent of newsroom employees.