(News Busters) Here’s another entry for the “Just When You Thought You’d Seen It All Department.” On Tuesday, The New York Times proclaimed that the newspaper had hired a “gender editor” whose task is to “re-imagine the news through an inter-sectional lens.”
Jessica Bennett, a former editor for Newsweek and author of Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace — an “illustrated battle manual for fighting sexism at work” — was motivated to apply for the post due to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
According to an article written by Teen Voguecontributor Brittney McNamara, Bennett will be “leading the charge in a new initiative to see the news through this lens” and “connect the dots on gender coverage in an important way.”
Those quotes came from Jodi Rudoren, editorial director of NYT Global, who also stated:
One of the things I grappled with for a long time as I tried to figure out who should be our gender editor and what our gender initiative should look like is, really, what is gender and what are gender issues?
I felt like we had all this great coverage around the newsroom and around the world that I would categorize as gender, and I knew we weren’t doing what we should be doing or could be doing to link up these different stories and different projects.
Bennett — who Rudoren described as an “idea factory” — has worked as a freelancer with the Times on stories related to gender and culture, McNamara reported. In her new role, which she officially starts on October 30, Bennett wants to have an impact in not just one section of the paper.
The paper added that Bennett will lead “a multi-pronged initiative to deepen the engagement of female readers around the world…”