Dec. 27, 2011

Top companies for women
National Association for Female Executives
From March 22, 2011: The National Association for Female Executives named the top 50 companies for executive women, recognizing companies that offer policies that encourage women's advancement. In order to make the list, companies must have at least two women on their boards and more than 500 employees. Rankings were determined by female representation, hiring, attrition and promotion rates; access and use of retention and advancement programs; and manager training and accountability. Several media industry companies made the list, including AOL, Fleishman-Hillard and The New York Times Company.More

AWM commemorates 60th Anniversary with release of 'Sixty@60' list of inspiring women
From Oct. 25, 2011: In celebration of the organization's 60th anniversary, the Alliance for Women in Media announced its list of the 60 most inspiring women in media today. Selected from nominations submitted by a national poll of AWM community members, the "Sixty@60" women were chosen based on their achievements, dedication, authenticity and commitment to advancing their professions. AWM celebrated its lasting legacy and honored the "Sixty@60" at AWM's 60th Anniversary Luncheon on Nov. 3, 2011, in New York City.More

Documentary criticizes media objectification of women
VideoBrief From Jan. 25, 2011: One of the Sundance films in the U.S. documentary competition attracted attention even before its premiere. "Miss Representation" addresses how the mainstream American media objectifies women by focusing on youth and beauty. During a panel discussion, which included filmmaker Jennifer Newsom, activist Gloria Steinem and actress Geena Davis, the group said it's time to do something. More

Life imitates art: An interview with Geena Davis
The Wall Street Journal
VideoBriefFrom April 19, 2011: Geena Davis is an Academy Award-winning actor, probably best known for her roles in movies such as "Thelma and Louise," "A League of Their Own" and "The Accidental Tourist." But in more recent years, she has become an advocate for gender equality in children's entertainment. As founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, she aims to work with content creators to increase the number of girls and women in films and television shows aimed at kids. She recently discussed her career, the role that changed her life and the problem with the way women are portrayed in G-rated movies. More

Most powerful moms in TV journalism
Working Mother
From April 12, 2011: While it would be hard to argue that women have reached a point of equality on TV news — either by number or position — the gains by women in recent years show that there is momentum in the right direction. From Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour to Soledad O'Brien and Meredith Vieira, these 10 working mothers deliver breaking news and illuminate the issues that matter.More

What's ahead for media and digital businesses in 2011
The New York Times
From Jan. 4, 2011: The end of 2010 was greeted with relief by many media companies. "Not as bad as 2009" was a common refrain. Advertising bounced back more strongly than expected, led by television. Experiments in charging for digital content held out the hope of a brighter future for publishers. In the digital world, 2010 saw explosive growth in the development of mobile applications. On the Web, however, it was a year of what might euphemistically be called transition. So, what does 2011 hold for the media and digital communications businesses?More

The stars come out for the 36th Annual Gracie Awards
May 31, 2011: Hollywood's stars shone a little brighter as the Alliance for Women in Media descended upon the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood, for the 36th Annual Gracie Awards. 2011 National Gracie Award winners were honored in a star-studded gala hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton. Emmy Award-winning journalist and weekend co-anchor and correspondent for Access Hollywood Shaun Robinson was honored with the 2011 Dove Real Beauty Award.More

Katie Couric digs Barry Diller's Maserati out of New York City snow storm
The Hollywood Reporter
From Feb. 1, 2011: It's Katie Couric to the rescue. During a recent snow storm, media mogul Barry Diller was driving his Maserati through Central Park in New York City — which was hit with 19 inches of snow during a brutal storm — when it got stuck. Luckily, Couric was nearby and helped him push it out. She posted a photo of the ordeal on Twitter.More

In case you missed it — 2011 Gracie Awards highlights
VideoBriefFrom Aug. 23, 2011: In case you missed the 36th Annual Gracies airing on the Hallmark Movie Channel, you now can watch highlights from the 2011 Gracie Awards Gala, featuring Chelsea Handler, Meredith Vieira and more!More

Cumulus, Citadel in deal talks worth $2.4 billion
From Feb. 22, 2011: The nation's third-largest radio broadcaster, Citadel Broadcasting Corp., said it is in exclusive negotiations to sell itself to second-largest Cumulus Media Inc. in a deal valued at more than $2.4 billion. Cumulus would pay Citadel shareholders $37 a share, with up to $30 a share paid in cash and the remainder in Cumulus stock, the company said. The combined company would have more than 570 stations in the U.S., still trailing Clear Channel Communications Inc., which has more than 800 radio stations in the U.S.More