Challenge: What strategies can we use to overcome gender disparities in journalism, especially in leadership positions, so that news organizations more accurately reflect and report on society?
Katherine Ann Rowlands researched several themes related to her project: how to use design thinking to identify gender bias in technology and plan for inclusion in places, organizations and behavior; how other industries grapple with workplace discrimination and gender disparities; and what barriers to promotion have been encountered by women in journalism leadership roles. She surveyed women about challenges and successes in their careers in order to document ways to challenge the discouraging status quo and start highlighting women leaders in more public ways such as Wikipedia.
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Born and raised in Berkeley, Calif, Katherine Rowlands fell in love with journalism in high school. That passion propelled her into reporting and editing jobs in the U.S. and abroad and has sustained her through the disruptive changes of the past decade. Most recently, she’s been deputy business editor of the Bay Area News Group, overseeing daily coverage by a business staff that covers the entire Bay Area for BANG’s news properties, including the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times. During her career, Rowlands has worked in newsrooms in several California cities, including San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Oakland, Contra Costa and San Jose. She spent four years in Honduras, working as a freelancer for The Economist and other publications. She studied at the London School of Economics, while also working as a production assistant for ABC. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Rowlands loves to travel and to cook for family and friends in her Oakland home.