Joni Deutsch

April, 2017

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Title When Title is Due

A few months ago, my public radio station (West Virginia Public Broadcasting) received a wonderful opportunity in the form of a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (the non-profit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that has now become the largest single source of funding for public media) and PRX (a leading creator and distributor of public media content, talent and technology including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour and Reveal).

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The Gracies

March, 2017

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ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THE 2017 GRACIE AWARDS WINNERS

AMERICA FERRERA, DREW BARRYMORE, SAMANTHA BEE, MARISKA HARGITAY, SAVANNAH GUTHRIE AMONG WINNERS TO BE HONORED AT THE 42nd ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS ON JUNE 6

 Local and Student Award Winners to be Honored at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27

Los Angeles, CA, March 28, 2017 – In an already incredible and historic year for women, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) celebrates female luminaries by recognizing their outstanding achievements across new and traditional media platforms. This year’s 42nd annual Gracie Awards Gala, in support of the AWMF’s educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media, will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The event will recognize such esteemed honorees as America Ferrera, Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, Mariska Hargitay, Savannah Guthrie, along with some of the most talented women off camera, and touch on issues spanning from immigration to reproduction rights, race relations to women in the workforce. Later in the month, local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.

Sarah Foss, AWMF Chair and ‎Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, Imagine Communications, said in making the announcement, “If we learned one thing this year, it is that the strength, courage and contributions of women are crucial and necessary components in moving the world forward. As we look to honor women in media, we take pause and recognize the millions of women who are not able to use their voice and creativity to share their message with the world. We hear you. We are you. And we stand beside you. We look forward to another great year and congratulations to the 2017 Gracie Award honorees.”

Vicangelo Bulluck will once again serve as Executive Producer and the event will spotlight prolific women in the industry who continue to lay the groundwork, break down barriers and lead by example in creating equal opportunity for future generations.

View all honorees.

Victoria Milko

January, 2017

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People who care

As of the date that I am writing this, the Center to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported that there have been 48 journalism deaths in 2016. As alarming as that number might be, it’s far from a comprehensive—just off the top of my head there are three people missing from that list that I met earlier in the year before their tragic deaths.

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Alliance for Women in Media

January, 2017

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Alliance for Women in Media Announces Support for Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on January 21

January 18, 2017 (WASHINGTON, DC.) – The Alliance for Women in Media has announced their support for the mission of the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21.

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The Gracies

January, 2017

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Gracie Awards Call for Entries Extended

January 9, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has extended the call for entries for the 42nd annual Gracie Awards to January 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern in response to high requests for extensions.

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Joni Deutsch

December, 2016

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Werk’n It

As the year winds down and everyone starts rushing towards the shiny, nebulous possibilities of 2017, I find myself looking back at 2016 and the moments that made me proud to be a woman in public media… as well as the moments that left me thinking, “Huh, we still have a ways to go, don’t we?”
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Victoria Milko

October, 2016

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An Ode to the Ones That Stay

Thigh-deep in orange mud, I looked to my right and saw Ja San Gawlu, my fixer for the week, in the same situation- both of us with our bodies being devoured by mercury-contaminated remnants of a gold mine that had been shut down by the government earlier that week. As I looked over Ja San’s eyes met mine, and she began to smile, letting out an amused laugh that pierced the rainy sky between us. It was just one of many moments that week that I felt forever grateful for her and every other fixer I have worked with.

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Guest Author

September, 2016

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Dr. Joy Browne – A True One-Of-A-Kind

Our gal on a Joy-rideJoy Browne was like a one-of-a-kind, specialty Mattel Barbie doll, limited edition.  She had a Ph.D. from Northeastern.  She went on to Tufts University School of Medicine, though never finished because she was lured into broadcasting in 1978 by WITS-AM in Boston.  And during her nearly 40-year radio career she authored a shelf full of books, hosted two television shows, became a regular expert go-to guest appearing on such programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.  She landed a role in an off-Broadway play for three weeks.  And at the age of 70, she learned to ride an adult-sized tricycle – to get to and from the grocery store.

That she was one of the most intelligent broadcasters in our industry was no secret.  But what fueled her mind was something that boggled most of us – something unique to Joy Browne – her x-factor, the very thing that made her a lasting star in her field.   It had no name exactly… though today, we may want to call it, well, the “Joy” factor.  She spoke with heart.  Unlike the slightly caustic tone of other psychologist/talk show hosts when handling callers, Joy stepped into the role of everyone’s big sister and drove home intelligent direction, while always providing hope.  Always.  She cared deeply.

But also on air, she weaved in upbeat theatrics – no surprise, considering her lifestyle. For most of her career, when she’d leave the radio station after a three-hour program, she was off on her jam-packed “other life” of theater, film, restaurant-openings, and even dancing.  If ever you glanced at her wallet-sized daily calendar, you’d see how compressed her already-tiny-handwriting was so to squeeze in her hourly activities.  She was “Joy-on-the-run.”

Just like the American icon Barbie doll, Joy had an outfit for every occasion – another signature trait.  Only five months ago, she invited me to step into her train car-length bedroom closet.  It was busting with colors – only blindingly so.  I felt I had stepped inside a box of Crayola crayons – but the modern kind made with sparkles.

I was reminded of a story from a producer at WOR Radio back in the early 1990s the day before a group of advertisers were scheduled to drop by.  The general manager demanded that the producer convince Joy to “please-please-pleeeease tell her to tone down her outfit for the next day…  NO hot-pink-clingy-numbers.  We are a heritage radio station with an image to maintain.”  He obviously did not know that “stodgy” and  “gray” did not exist in Joy’s vocabulary or closet.   She returned the next day in a purple and black suit – with a frilly-flirty chemise peaking out from beneath.

I first got to meet Joy back in 1986 when, as a talk show producer, I was asked to fill in on her show at the last minute when her regular producer had the flu.  I swore I would NEVER become one of those producer-types who tried to snare advice about a personal problem.  But in typical fashion – and something I witnessed a million times over – Joy could and would laser-beam into a producer’s psyche as skillfully as she did with callers and lured OUT the trouble. Yes, on this particular day, I spilled.

The gist – my upcoming birthday was in five days – and a boyfriend of two years had just broken up with me.  Like many 25-year olds, I was drowning in drama wondering how would I survive.  The clincher?  Come the big day, there was no word from the boyfriend, but I did get a surprise phone call from my new friend Joy Browne.  She invited me out for a double-layer chocolate cake at the corner pastry shop.

Dr. Joy to the rescue.

Bernadette Duncan is author of YAPPY DAYS: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/TalkersBooks, 2016), a breezy memoir about her 26 years as a talk show producer, working with such high-profile talent as Larry King, Tom Snyder, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lou Dobbs, Charlie Osgood, and more.

Victoria Milko

July, 2016

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A Lady at a Cockfight

Since diving head-first into the world of journalism, I’ve spent countless hours reading books, articles and reports about sexism in the industry. There’s no denying it: statistically, women are at a disadvantage to their male counterparts.

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Amy Lawrence

July, 2016

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Handling Harassment

Do you ever wonder what you would change if you knew THEN what you know NOW?

When I set my heart on a career in sports radio in high school and started pursuing my dream in college, no one warned me about the challenges of being a female in a “man’s world.” A tomboy when I was young, I was always comfortable around guys, and I could hold my own whether we were talking sports or playing them. As I began working in radio, I did what came naturally to me. I tried to be “one of the guys.” It didn’t work. Despite my best attempts, I was always the odd one out. But that was only part of the challenge.

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