The paper "Communication and Women: Wearing the Skirts in the Industry" is a perfect example of an essay on journalism and communication. I am writing this regarding an article published in your newspaper on 10/27/2014, titled Communication and Women: Wearing the Skirts in the Industry. I worked closely with one of your reporters – a Mr. Robert Reel – on this article, but the published material misreported several points. The article highlighted a number of topics which are wrongly insinuated to be the views of my organization, the National Association of Women in Communications (NAWC).
I do not want to speculate on why the facts were twisted following the interview, but clarification is crucial. Firstly, my interview with Mr. Reel was based on the cooperation that my organization has received from area colleges and universities. Your article, however, is titled completely differently. In addition, your article stated that women do not receive top communications jobs at a rate of 92%. However, the truth (and you might be aware of this) is that women actually receive the top communications jobs. This happens 50% of the time, showing that your article misled many people who are not aware of this fact.
The article also stated that the average salary for a woman with 10 years’ experience was $60,000 when, in fact, it is $50,000. This is another major error by your reporter, which begs the question as to whether this was intentional. Your article also reported that men leave the field after three years to pursue higher paying alternatives. However, I did not state or insinuate in any way whatsoever that this was the case.
What I said is that men might do so. Last but not least, your article ran with a picture that had a caption with a woman who was reported to be NAWC Executive Director Lizzie Camille. The woman was, in fact, Kim Hensley, the president. It is astounding to see mistruths being reported in a newspaper of your caliber; mistruths that are based not on a lack of information but a twisting of facts. These errors could have serious negative consequences on NAWC’ s image and reputation as well as my career.
I would like to implore you to rectify the mistake by publishing a disclaimer in your next issue stating that you made a mistake and highlighting the facts that were misreported. This will save all parties the embarrassment and legal actions that are likely to follow.