At the Online News Association Conference this weekend, blogger and journalist Lisa Stone, spoke to the group about the contribution women have on the online news community.
In previous years online surveys were showing that women had less of a presence, voice, or impact on the internet but in the last two years BlogHer has followed what women are doing online and has found that they are getting louder and more influential.
Stone explained that the voice of women is crucial in crossing cultural boundaries and empowering the females across the electronic universe. Too often, women feel caged in by their domestic duties or jobs and the increased interest in learning how to raise their digital voice is allowing a community to grow and offer support to different women that otherwise lack that platform.
According to BlogHer’s Web site, it is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online, reaching more than 15 million women each month via annual conferences, a Web hub (http://www.blogher.com), and an publishing network of more than 2,500 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates (http://blogherads.com).
And although I usually avoid plugging in pictures or video of me here is the interview session that was made during the conference asking people about women in online media — one issue that women in the news need to be careful of is accuracy (I go to San Francisco State not San Diego):