• Changing the Face of News

    Gather, a a collaborative project led by the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication, hosted Women Do News and The 19th for a lightning chat about women in media. Agora’s Regina Lawrence moderated a conversation with Alexandra Smith of The 19th and Women Do News board members Angilee Shah […]

  • AEJMC 2022 Midwinter Conference: Correcting the record

    Board member Jareen Imam and board chair Angilee Shah led a workshop at the AEJMC 2022 Midwinter Conference. What’s AEJMC, you ask? It’s the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the organization for educators, students and media professionals who are training the next generation of journalists. If you are signed up for Women […]

  • Database and digital pro? Women Do News needs your help! (We’re hiring a consultant.)

    Women Do News, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the digital profiles of female and nonbinary journalists online, has been mobilizing volunteers to increase the representation of women journalists on Wikipedia for the past two years. We organize edit-a-thons, host training sessions, speak at panels, and more by using a variety of technical tools to […]

  • A 2021 Wikimedia Foundation report on inclusion

    The Wikimedia Foundation just released survey results on “awareness, trust, and feelings of representation that people have in our work and projects, including Wikipedia.” Here are some topline findings about women on Wikipedia: Women, across communities, are far more skeptical of Wikipedia’s support of social/equity movements. Black women and Hispanic women have the lowest engagement […]

  • Class Project: Addressing Gender Bias on Wikipedia

    Meg Heckman at Northeastern University writes about how her class worked with Women Do News: “Helping to create these entries was a bright spot in an otherwise difficult semester, but my students’ struggle to find source material was also a reminder that, as Eckert and Steiner (2013) put it, ‘The internet is not free of […]

  • JAWS Edit-a-thon: Increasing equality of women journalists on Wikipedia

    Biographies of female and non-binary journalists are underrepresented on Wikipedia, which can lead to issues related to safety, credibility, and recognition. Women Do News, an organization dedicated to elevating the voices and profiles of female journalists online, wants change. In this event, we showed Jaws and Women Do News conference-goers how to join the movement. […]

  • Why we need more biographies of women journalists on Wikipedia

    Board member Jareen Imam joined Hacks/Hackers London to talk about our work and how Wikipedia can affect the safety and credibility of women journalists. Journalism.co.uk reported on the event.

  • We’ve won a rapid grant from Wikimedia!

    In September, 2021 we won our first grant of $2,000. It’s a rapid grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, given in part because of your endorsements! So we’re ready to get planning. Want to get involved in our 2022 schedule? Sign up for our emails to find our how to host and edit-a-thon or add us […]

  • Hacks/Hacker London: ’Increasing equality of women journalists on Wikipedia’

    Biographies of female and non-binary journalists are underrepresented on Wikipedia, which can lead to issues related to safety, credibility, and recognition. Women Do News, an organization dedicated to elevating the voices and profiles of female journalists online, wants to change that issue. Board member Jareen Imam presented.

  • Citations Needed! 🔎

    Need help finding published articles and citations about amazing women journalists who deserve a Wikipedia page? Finding those links to published works about the journalists is one of the toughest parts of creating a Wikipedia entry that stands up to scrutiny. Mary Nahorniak, Google News Lab Teaching Fellow, presented to give us super tips for […]

  • What does strategic leadership look like?

    Our board chair Angilee Shah joined Take The Lead to talk about different forms of leadership and the genesis of Women Do News on July 28, 2021. Watch the talk on YouTube.

  • Ms. Categorized: Gender, notability, and inequality on Wikipedia

    A study led by Francesca Tripodi in the journal New Media & Society finds that 19% of Wikipedia’s 1.5 million biographies are about women. Edit-a-thons help address the problem but there are issues to explore about who should be considered notable for Wikipedia. For the shorter version, hear Tripodi on NPR.

  • ONA 21: Fighting Erasure

    Historical exclusion and systemic bias in media has erased and omitted female and nonbinary journalists from the digital record, particularly those who are also racial and ethnic minorities. This essential conversation for journalists, Wikipedia contributors, and allies to historically excluded journalists offered an opportunity to learn how to begin the work of attenuating “symbolic annihilation” […]

  • AAJA & the Wikimedia Foundation: Taking back the narrative

    From the Wikimedia Foundation on May 5, 2021: The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the Wikimedia Foundation co-hosted the virtual event, “Taking back the narrative: Changing how Asian Americans are represented in the news, on Wikipedia, and beyond”. This past year we saw a rise in acts of violence and xenophobia perpetrated against people […]

  • Visualize women journalists on Wikipedia

    Board member Andrew Lih created a quick visualization of the women in Wikidata that are flagged as being part of WikiProject Women Do News, showing their occupation, schooling and employer to see if there were some patterns. Check it out!

  • Trusting News: What does Wikipedia have to do with trust?

    Board member Jareen Imam presented to the Trusting News and JAWS (Journalists and Women Sympsium) communties.

  • Podcast: Making sure Wikipedia shows that Women Do News

    We can do more to make sure women get their due. Angilee Shah and Jareen Imam, two of the founders of Women Do News, talked with host Michael O’Connell on the “It’s All Journalism” podcast.

  • Project Rewrite: Tell the missing stories of women on Wikipedia and beyond

    Adora Sitvak writes about a new initiative at the Wikimedia Foundation to add women to our histories. “In particular,” she writes, “we are encouraging journalists, academics, thought leaders, and individuals and organizations in the information landscape to increase their coverage of women, particularly women who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) — building […]

  • The Cohort: Most women journalists in history haven’t been ‘notable’ enough for Wikipedia. We’re changing that.

    Angilee Shah, one of the founders of Women Do News, wrote a column for “The Cohort,” Poynter’s newsletter for women in media about the systemic problems of equity in news. The news industry functions like an economy in many ways. Our currency — trust, reputation, belief in each others’ abilities — is based on faith […]

  • JAWS + Women Do News edit-a-thon: Write admired women journalists into history

    Join JAWS and Women Do News for #WebinarWednesday and learn how to write women like Betsy Wade into popular digital history.  Women journalists are underrepresented on Wikipedia, one of the most-visited English language websites in the world. This leads to issues related to safety, credibility, and recognition and income. We partnered with JAWS, the long-standing […]

  • Take The Lead Edit-a-Thon: Seeking parity through Wikipedia representation

    Volunteers with Women Do News collaborated on creating Wikipedia entries for women journalists during our first edit-a-thon in New York City at the Luminary.