Debate: Older more experienced women journos may be sidelined in newsrooms

There are plenty female journalists but only a few female voices have made the impact that many males in the same positions have made in the media space. Few have managed to break the glass ceiling and occupy senior positions in newsrooms in South Africa.

There are still challenges in the way women are received by both the public and, at times, male colleagues at work.

Journalists and editors Karima Brown, Katy Katopodis and Verashni Pillay sat down with Eusebius McKaiser to talk about the prejudice and resistance they have received over the years based on gender, race, and age.

Brown shares her experience as an older woman in the industry.

It is a difficult thing to internalise...there is a lot of ageism with women as well, if you look at television presenters, no one wants to watch an older women on TV unpacking the news. It is all about the young bright things. Older women are pushed out of media, particularly in broadcast media in a very big way.

Karima Brown, Talk at 9 host on 702 and political analyst

Pillay disagrees saying she has often been hampered by older women in the industry.

I have been hampered mostly by older women who try to tear you down as you come up through the ranks, because perhaps they feel threatened to. We need to do a lot of introspection about who we treat each other in the media, there is a cut throat aspect to our dealings with each other that does not exist between men.

Verashni Pillay, Former Editor in Chief of M&G and Huffington Post SA

Speaking on the versatility of her newsroom, Katopodis says 56% of the Primedia EWN newsroom is made up of women.

We have nine editors at EWN, five of them are women... I am extremely conscious about the fact. Diversity is key, different voices are key, different accents are key.

Katy Katopodis , EWN Group-editor-in-chief

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