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Political & Media Commentary

America’s unstable relationship with the news industry


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NEWS INDUSTRY

America takes newspapers and the freedom of information for granted.

In a world where a greater population of citizens resort to social media and word-of-mouth as a primary source for news in Washington– and their local politics– it’s difficult to change the minds of those who have cut the “news budget” out of their households. No longer will this upcoming generation have the head of the household reading the newspaper at the breakfast table or come home to the paper and a stiff glass of scotch. Maybe as times progress, the way Americans collect information progresses.

However, newspapers themselves have been an integral part of daily life in America, central to the consumption of power, critique or culture, as said by Paul Starr. More so than any other form of widespread information, newspapers have produced the news in which have been American’s eyes “on the state, our check on private abuses” and “our civic alarm systems”

No matter how integral these outlets and mediums, the question of how well journalists conduct their jobs is under attack, in addition to the vital concern of the First Amendment. In some incidences, each case differed from the other, some outlets have failed to execute the basic duty of a newspaper as well as they should have.

From daily newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post— print editions that have thrived in the past– will continue to live on, despite budget cuts and layoffs. Investigative journalism and focused beats may take a backseat but the basic duties of these reporters will continue without as much fault as their smaller counterparts. Local papers, such as South Boston’s Dorchester Reporter [DOT News], or even smaller- such as the Norwich Bulletin in southeastern Connecticut or the East Boston Times of East Boston, MA, will soon begin to vanish or further deteriorate.

With plummeting circulation levels and advertising revenues, it’s not surprising to see news deserts scattered across the United States. How fast these news deserts have spread has remained nearly a mystery until a new study conducted by the Poynter Institute was set to release in late June of 2018. The study has said to have a coverage of more than 900 communities across the U.S. where the news industry has gone dry since 2004.

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There have been four major U.S. Presidential Elections since 2004, eight midterms and a multitude of special elections and local races. Have these households within these communities remained in a total blackout of credible information? How are they receiving their information? How are they making an educated vote? And how can journalists, not politicians, reach out to them to say “you need us?”

The majority of this data has also confirmed that news deserts become before abundant in some of the shakiest of landscapes, where local economies and civic health may already be on its last thread and typically increase in less-than-affluent communities, according to the data. These locations have little-to-no original reporting done and people find it difficult to find out what’s going on in their local government, including the very officials in which they are voting on in the poll booths.

These communities have become civically malnourished because of the state of U.S. journalism, as first said by Tom Stites in 2011 as part of a Nieman Lab project. These very “news deserts” have not only lacked a journalistic feeding ground for its civilians, but also attract the “snakes” of the political world.

While some local papers have merged with similar papers instead of closing altogether, the shift has created dramatic staff cuts to the bare bones.

As local newspaper begin to merge or disappear altogether, the opportunity* for those in political power to “help themselves” increases. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Chicago that a municipality’s borrowing costs will increase in statistically significant ways within a news desert. As local papers close their doors, these same communities are losing out, as said by Kriston Capps in CityLab.

According to the study, without investigative daily reporters carving their way through city halls, with an average of three years after a newspaper closes their doors, the city’s municipal bond offering yields increased by an average of 5.5 basis points and then the bond yields in the secondary market increased by 6.4 basis points, which is statistically significant effects.

As revenue has slowed from circulation numbers in most newspapers, the business being brought in my advertising has converted to online platforms instead. Print newspaper advertising revenue decreased from $60 billion to $20 billion between 2000 and 2015, according to a 2016 article in The Atlantic. On the other side, Facebook ad revenue has increased by double digits.

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By Pew Research Center, 2018 “Note: For each year, the average traffic for each website for October/November/December was calculated; the data point represents the overall average of those numbers. Analysis is of the top 49 newspapers by average Sunday circulation for Q3 2016 and Q3 2017, according to Alliance for Audited Media data, with the addition of The Wall Street Journal. For each newspaper, the comScore entity matching its homepage URL was analyzed. Source: comScore Media Metrix Multi-platform, unique visitors, October-December 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.”

 

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By Pew Research Center, 2018

In terms of the total revenue for U.S. newspapers, while advertisers have continued to drop in sales, circulation levels have increased recently, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Nonetheless, some key factors may play into a brighter future for the industry. Using Alliance for Audited Media [AAM] data, digital circulation in 2017 was projected to have fallen: weekday subscriptions down nine percent and Sunday subscriptions down nine percent. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2018 reports as of mid-June 2018, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal saw significant gains in digital circulation in the past year: 42 percent increase for the Times and a 26 percent increase for the Journal– on top of the already large gains in 2016. Some of the low circulation levels may have been brought back up by digital paywalls, a titanic and wobbling political climate or, possibly, education.

 

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Minimum wage can’t pay for a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in America


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Minimum wage can’t pay for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States, according to a report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition on Wednesday.

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Only six states in the country where the hourly wage required to afford a two-bedroom rental home is less than $15.00, according to the report. These states include: South Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Massachusetts has the sixth highest housing wage with an average earning of $28.64 per hour to afford a two-bedroom. The report stated if a resident was earning minimum wage at $11.00 per hour, they would be required to work 104 hours per week in order to afford the average two-bedroom.

In Boston alone, residents have to make more than $20.00 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

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In East Boston, which has a nearly 20 percent poverty rate and where rents are known as “more affordable,” residents must earn $29.23 per hour for a two-bedroom and $23.65 per hour for a one-bedroom, according to the report.

Just across the water in the North End neighborhood, also known as Boston’s “Little Italy,” residents must make nearly double of East Boston residents with an hourly wage of $50.19 for a two-bedroom or $40.96 for a one-bedroom.

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Arkansas, the state known for the cheapest housing in the country, has a minimum hourly wage of $8.50. But a resident of Arkansas would have to earn $13.84 per hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment there, or work 65 hours per week, earning minimum wage, according to statistics in the report.

Hawaii, the state with the most expensive housing, a resident would have to make an hourly minimum wage of $36.13, which is about $75,000 per year. If working off of a minimum wage, which is $10.10 in this state, residents in Hawaii would have to work 143 hours per week, according to the report.

In Hawaii, the state with the most expensive housing, one would have to make $36.13 — about $75,000 a year — to afford a decent two-bedroom apartment. The minimum wage in Hawaii rose to $10.10 an hour this year, according to the report.

Inside the Wine Cellar

Legal Oysteria hosts Argentinian wines, beyond Malbec


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Legal Sea Foods‘ concept ‘Legal Oysteria,’ tucked into a corner store jetting out toward the Charlestown bridge has welcomed Argentinian wines this season.

Throughout the city of Boston, though, there is a gap between the impressive quality of various wines that hail from Argentina other than Malbec. At many other local bars, the most popular wine would be the Alamos Malbec of Mendoza but not much more than that.

As the location was originally opened in the summer of 2014, the 4,400 square-foot nook features an open kitchen with old-world style brick. According to former reviews, the sixth brand in this chain can host up to almost 140 people in the dining room, 30 at the white marble island bar and then more populous parties in the private dining area.

Inspired by the Head Chef Rich Vellante’s warmth toward Italian osterias, which is authentic Italian spot that features wine and simple food, this Legal Sea Foods’ brainchild attributes small plates such as marinated olives and ricotta fritters as their main dishes. This specific approach in the historic town typically limits their wine selection to those imported from Italy, Spain and Portugal; but promotes assorted regions with rich wine selections.

Along with their sponsored collections, the brand advances their choices to considering wine flights for customers to try.

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“Beyond Malbec” Wine Flight

 

For the choice labeled as the “Beyond Malbec” wine flight, three wines at two ounces per pour cost $10.75 per flight, which include: Bonarda, Syrah and a Red Blend.

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By Twitter user @Winederlusting

The first was a Zuccardi “Serie A” Bonarda of Mendoza. Out of the three, this may have been the hardest to drink on its own but could still be enjoyable. It was smoky and had a slight taste of tobacco with blackberry hints. It would have been the type of wine that could have been ordered at a cigar lounge where it would have been further enjoyed alongside a vintage puff. However, it could also be paired well with grilled meats and black beans based off of the taste and smokiness.

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The second wine was the Luca Laborde “Double Select” Syrah of Uco Valley. It was fuller bodied and flared with typical red style with black pepper, dark chocolate and then a jammy finish. This would be a great wine to enjoy with beef, wild cheeses and mushrooms.

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By YouTube user Michel Rolland

However, the last wine was the easiest to drink and best on its own. The Clos de los Siete Red Blend, also of Uco Valley, was a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It went down quickly, felt medium-bodied and was refined with a tight texture. With its bright flavor, it was the type of flavor that you could drink not just with food, but also with just a relaxing atmosphere and good conversation.

The featured wine will last through June 10 at most Legal Sea Foods’ locations.

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HERstory made: The win for women


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Glacial temperatures, forceful winds and gushing rain did not deter Boston pride that circulated from Hopkinton, MA to Boylston Street at the 122nd Boston Marathon. After debating on backing out of the race to the biting weather conditions, American winner Desiree Linden took the lead after the twenty-second mile and didn’t look back, as she told reporters at the finish line.

The two-time Olympian and Michigan native, Linden, who lost the Marathon in 2011 by a mere two seconds behind a man, crossed the finish line at 12:11 p.m. and became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon.

After 2 hours 39 minutes and 54 seconds,  the elite runner overcame grueling conditions and had captured the very dream of an American woman winning the Boston Marathon again, after a decades-long drought.

As Linden passed by fans on Boylston Street close to the finish line, a woman screamed “I see her!” as 7-year-old “Maddie” of North Andover, MA, who was held by her mother, said, “I could do it too, right?”

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As Linden rounded Coolidge Corner, the announcer told spectators on Boylston Street that her “face of concentration was unmatched.”

“Honestly, at mile 2, 3, 4, I didn’t feel like I was going to make it to the finish line,” Linden told reporters after Marathon officials and Governor Charlie Baker bestowed the gold-dipped crown on her head.

Linden had slowed after the sixth mile to wait for fellow elite and Nike-sponsored runner Shalane Flanagan for a bathroom break and told reporters that she told Flanagan she “might not make it.” According to Linden, it was there that she told Flanagan that she would help her with the rest of the race.

Linden, though, was not the only competitor who speculated on dropping out of the race. This year’s marathon had nearly 3,000 runners drop out prior to the race. Of the 26,948 who did start the race, 1,202 did not finish, according to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).

Five of the six first-place runners were women in this year’s Boston Marathon.

With start-line temperatures in the high 30s the day of the Marathon, numerous elite athletes dropped out, unknown runners such as No. 2 and full-time nurse from Arizona Sarah Sellers, and the finishing times were the slowest of 40 years. Linden had told reporters at the finish line that she didn’t feel “her best” at the beginning of the race, and later told ESPN in an interview that she “found another gear” to fulfill her long-awaited goal of winning a major marathon after an already close call seven years prior.

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Desiree Linden after she was named the first place winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon.

According to Linden, she felt “heavy legs” throughout the first few miles, tightness in her arches and her hands failed to catch the hydration bottles where she would spill water out of her hands and onto the front of her jacket which would make her colder. In addition, the racing began earlier than she expected, as she told an ESPN reporter.

“I thought everyone was just going to slog together for a really long time,” said Linden.

Chris Fama of WBZ described Linden as “Emerging through the fog, like a ship off of Cape Cod as she makes her way to the finish” in his report that day.

Helping hand

Fellow woman marathoner Flanagan had completed the Marathon in sixth place after being named one of the top contenders of the Marathon with predictions of her placing first. Prior to the race, Flanagan had announced that this would be her last Boston Marathon and wanted her last, as a Massachusetts native, to “be memorable.” After clinching seventh and undesirable weather conditions, the four-time Olympian told Runner’s World this week that she isn’t changing her mind.

“I don’t know what’s next, but for sure I think this was my last Boston Marathon,” said Flanagan in an interview this week with Runner’s World. “I think that’s it. This course is really hard. The conditions are really hard. And I’m not averse to hard things, but I think I’m good with Boston. I think that was it.”

Flanagan said that she would likely run another marathon, though, not Boston, even though she was “unsatisfied” with her own performance.

Twitter prophecy

However, Linden waiting for Flanagan during the sixth mile was not the first display of support these women marathoners had shown each other. After Flanagan won the New York City Marathon in November, she had earned both her first major marathon win and the first win for an American woman in that NYC race since 1977. Linden had tweeted: “In tears. Thank you @ShalaneFlanagan for giving us something to believe in. Congratulations!”

Flanagan’s response to Linden: “Now it’s your turn.”

Collegiate Reporting

Suffolk Law loses faculty legend


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For the past 32 years, Professor Jeffrey Wittenberg has brought humor to an otherwise grueling topic for most law students, chanted law codes line-by-line during a first lecture and pushed students to the edge until they realized their full potential. Fueled by perseverance, Wittenberg was determined to teach the next generation of lawyers since becoming apart of Suffolk Law’s faculty in 1986 until he passed unexpectedly last week.

“He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. We are so happy he was able to do what he loved–working with students and faculty for over 40 years,” said Wittenberg’s wife Diane to a Journal reporter late Tuesday night. “So few people are able to do what they love and be great at it.  He was one of the lucky ones.”

Son-in-law Peter Lurie, who acted as the family’s spokesperson, said the Wittenbergs appreciated the tremendous outpour of support from the entire Suffolk community.

“The family feels a tight bond with Suffolk,” said Lurie to a Journal reporter on Tuesday night.

Wittenberg’s son, Richard Wittenberg, received an MBA from the Sawyer Business School (SBS) and their daughter Kimberly Lurie is a graduate of Suffolk Law and now works as an adjunct professor at the SBS and Lurie’s brother Jerry is a Suffolk alum, according to the family.

“Wittenberg was a uniquely talented teacher, possessor of a great sense of humor and a loyal, steadfast friend and colleague,” said Suffolk Law Professor Emeritus Richard Perlmutter. “His death is a terrible loss to his family, friends and students and truly diminishes the Suffolk Law community.”

Perlmutter was described as Wittenberg’s best friend by the family, the two co-authored multiple books together and Perlmutter’s eulogy was read at the funeral.

“The Law School is grieving Jeff Wittenberg’s passing,” said Law Dean Andrew Perlman to a Suffolk Journal reporter this weekend. “He was a beloved professor for thousands of Suffolk Law alumni.”

Throughout his teachings, Wittenberg, 73, focused on contracts, product liability, sports law and commercial law and was remembered by his students as a professor who demanded a lot but showed unblemished warmth and compassion.

“He also was a wonderful colleague with a sense of humor that could leave us crying with laughter,” said Perlman. “Today, we’re crying tears of sorrow from losing one of Suffolk Law’s greats.”

Students have described him as the “toughest” professor and said they had “feared” walking into his 1L contracts course, but said they ended up learning more than they expected. Some Law alum described him as the only professor that had the ability to get them to read a textbook cover-to-cover. Former Suffolk Law graduate Ann Marie Maccarone said Wittenberg made Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) compelling, even though it was one of the classes that “most law students dread.”

“I don’t think I would have passed the bar exam without having learned the code from him,” said Maccarone who graduated in 1994. “He was truly one of the great ones.”

Suffolk Law alum Nicholas Holahan said Wittenberg will forever hold a “special place his heart,” and remembered fondly when Wittenberg invited Holahan’s father to become part of a class lecture.

“His joy in teaching law was imparted to those of who were fortunate enough to attend his classes,” said Holahan, who graduated from Suffolk Law in 2013. “I can only imagine the vast number of students he taught over the course his career, yet he was warm and attentive to all of us.”

Holahan recollected the first few weeks of Wittenberg’s class with a Journal reporter and said he felt “intimidated” walking into the lecture hall as Wittenberg veritably chanted Article 2 of the UCC to the class.

“By the end, his class was a comedy show based on wacky law skits that we were welcome to join in on,” said Holahan.

Suffolk Law alum John Cronin affectionately remembered when a group of members of the Class of 2006 won an auction to dine at Wittenberg’s house during their third year to a Journal reporter. Cronin said the class was “anxious” to spend more time with Wittenberg as he often would stay more than 45 minutes after class to commiserate with his students on the infamous Red Sox playoff loss to the Yankees in 2003. Cronin said Wittenberg would jump from topic to topic with his students– from Boston sports, to politics and “of course, the law.”

“When I look back on his class, two things jump out in my mind,” said Cronin. “He was a true champion of the Socratic method and loved cold calling on students to test whether they had prepared for class.   I was called on a lot. It kept me – and the rest of my classmates – on my toes and really motivated us to put in the time and preparation to succeed, but also to be unafraid to be wrong occasionally.”

Cronin described Wittenberg as “persistent,” and that persistence was often unsettling as he would not typically let his students off the hook.

“In the end, though, he always helped you get there,” said Cronin.   

Cronin remembered one of Wittenberg’s favorite quotes that he would often utter with a gleam in his eye: “There is nothing better than being a good lawyer.”

“He believed it, and he made all of us believe it, too,” said Cronin. “Easily one of the best parts of the Suffolk Law experience was attending his class.”

Born in Denver, CO in March of 1945, Wittenberg later received his Bachelor’s from San Francisco State University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings. He was admitted into the Bar Association in both Illinois and Minnesota.

“Professor Wittenberg, known for his wonderful sense of humor and kindness, was admired by his colleagues and many friends in the Law School and beyond,” said President Marisa Kelly in a statement sent to all students on Friday. “His presence will be greatly missed.”

Prior to coming to Suffolk, he had served as a law clerk on the Minnesota Supreme Court and practiced law in Chicago. He has also taught at multiple different law schools, including John Marshall University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Pittsburgh, according to his faculty page.

“His passing is a great loss for the University, and we will sorely miss him,” wrote Kelly.

Wittenberg is survived by his wife Diane, his children and seven grandchildren. Donations could be made in Wittenberg’s memory to Operation Delta Dog in Chelmsford, MA.

 

Collegiate Reporting

SU approved by BPDA for more student housing


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City approves for Suffolk to lease the 1047 Commonwealth Ave property for student housing last week

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The Boston’s Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved Suffolk University to lease 1047 Commonwealth Ave for additional student housing in City Hall on Thursday.

The space will be available for housing Suffolk students starting in the fall, according to Vice President of External Affairs John Nucci.

Nucci presented the university’s case to lease the estate on Commonwealth Ave to the BPDA and said that with the already increasing number of Suffolk students in the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods, this would be the “university’s effort to reduce students in residential housing.”

The building is currently a space used by Boston University for student housing.

According to the BPDA, the property was built in 2015 and includes 180 co-ed units that feature micro-apartments for two or three students, stainless steel appliances, free laundry inside the unit, a dishwasher and central air conditioning. Decked with lounges, study spaces and city views, the location is fixated on the MBTA Green Line 25 minutes away from campus.

According to Suffolk’s website, the university will provide a free MBTA pass for students who will eventually live there. These same students will have the option to buy a meal plan to use on campus, but it will not be required to purchase one, similar to those who live in the 10 West St. apartments.

The Suffolk Journal previously reported on how the university was looking to add more student housing last fall. Nucci told a Journal reporter in a previous interview that it wasn’t so much about distance as it was an issue of commute time for students as he scouted for an estate for dorms, but looked to steer clear from Downtown’s soaring prices.

BU’s student newspaper, the Daily Free Press, reported in 2016 how some students had a “love-hate” relationship with the apartments on Commonwealth Ave, as some said that some rooms were unusually small while others were larger than others.

The property was originally planned to hold the Sassoon-Academy Hairdressing School, according to media outlets, but when the deal fell through, the Cambridge-based developer, Urban Spaces LLC, was going to build studio apartments. The developer later agreed to BU’s call to lease the premises for student housing.

Political & Media Commentary

The Pay Gap: From higher ed to doctors, it’s a problem


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After the near shock of now President Donald Trump scoring the Oval Office where the former businessman defeated qualified and experienced Hillary Clinton, women across the nation have run for political office more than ever before. For the 2018 midterm elections, 493 women are running for Congress- an unprecedented number for both sides of the aisle.

But the question stands: if they win, will they earn just as much as their male counterparts?

For some, Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 election indicated to them that despite the achievements of successfully voting in more women in the United States’ Senate, women could remain political “outsiders.”

During former President Barack Obama’s administration, he looked to help address the gap between white men and nearly everyone else where companies would be required to report how much they paid people as well as their race and sex.

This regulation was reversed by the Trump administration.

Even the Queen earns less

In Hollywood, two producers of the Netflix series “The Crown” exposed that Matt Smith, also known as ‘Prince Philip,’ made more than Claire Foy, known for her role as ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ throughout the first two seasons of the show.

Left Bank Creative Director Suzanne Mackie told Variety this past week: “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.”

But, as Foy will not play the part of the Queen in the upcoming seasons, that doesn’t help her.

For women across the nation, though, this type of headline is nothing new. Each year in early November marks the highlight of gender inequality as women begin to work for free. This flag should serve as a blunt representation of how women in the workforce are nearly treated as slaves.

Those who defend the status quo say there is one matter that could apply to women’s labor as part of a larger economic factor, such as the case of maternity leave.

For too long have some cried out for equal pay for equal work, and it truly does not sound unreasonable. Yet, those who defend the status quo say there is one matter that could apply to women’s labor as part of a larger economic factor, such as the case of maternity leave.

In nearly every industry there has been an issue of a pay gap, including higher education, in hospitals, in newsrooms, among other workplaces.

Go to college to earn a good living, they said

Administrative roles in higher education remain a “man’s world” in terms of positions and pay.

According to a recent report, less than 30 percent of top executives are women.

These women administrators now earn 80 cents to the man’s dollar, according to the study. This has only narrowed by a mere three cents since 2001, when women earned 77 cents on the man’s dollar, according to Inside Higher Ed.

For example, Suffolk University in Boston, which prides itself in celebrating diversity by consistently admitting a large international student population and appointing its second female president recently, also falls behind on appointing female executives.

According to the university’s 2016 990 form, the institution has six women on their list of highest compensated employees in comparison to the 13 men on that same list– the men overpowering the women in numbers by more than double.

Just down the green line on the MBTA stands Boston University, another school that hits the national charts for “Most International Student Population.” However, according to their 2016 990 form, the institution has three women on their list of highest compensated employees in comparison to the 10 men.

Behind the numbers

The gap can’t be boiled down to a neat and exact dollar and cents figure as it varies dramatically by job role and race, according to a new study from SmartAsset, which has aimed to clarify the gap and where it’s prevalent. The analytics company looked at data on earnings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to show which occupations had the largest and smallest gender pay gaps throughout the nation.

Throughout the findings, roles in the finance industry, which is seemingly male-dominated, present the largest pay gaps.

Female financial advisors make an average of 55% what their male counterparts do.

The report was clear: “Female financial advisors make an average of 55 [percent] what their male counterparts earn.”

Take my blood pressure

For female doctors, who have endured medical school and have withstood the same amount of years of rigorous training as their male counterparts in the United States, are earning 28 percent less than the male doctors in these same hospitals.

Women vs. Men Doctors

This gap makes up an average of $105,000 less per year. And the gap for these doctors is only growing wider, according to the results of a survey on the social networking platform for healthcare professionals Doximity.

According to multiple news reports, this already dramatic gap is set to widen for years to come.

Fair reporters receive less than fair equality 

In newsrooms across the United Kingdom who have recently published series on their own gender pay gaps, the difference is stark.

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For example, Guardian News & Media, there was a reported 11.3 percent pay gap between men and women. In a recent report, The Guardian published that 65 percent of their highest paid workers are men and 57 percent of their lowest paid are women. This pay gap is also similar to BBC, where women earn 10.7 percent less than their male counterparts. ITN in Wales reports a 19.6 percent gap.

What’s next for the women of America?

For many, there seems to be no progress in sight with a Trump administration in office. However, with the amount of women running for Congress this year, closing the gap could be on the horizon of policy.

See my next post on the pay gap and how it impacts young women today.

Have you experienced inequality in the work place based off of sexual orientation, race, gender, religious affiliation or otherwise? If so, please fill out this form. I will not publish any comments without consent and further questions. 

Political & Media Commentary

Lauren Duca: Columnist, feminist, fierce debater


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Practically ‘internet famous’ overnight, solely based off a 10-minute conversation on Fox News and her essay in Teen Vogue: “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America,” Lauren Duca rose to national fame just a couple of weeks before serving as a keynote to student journalists in New York City. At the College Media Association conference in Times Square, I was able to listen to her talk about the state of the media, being a feminist in a “Donald Trump world” and how to shape a reporter voice.

See my Twitter moment below on some of her comments.

See my Twitter page @alexanoelle13 for the live coverage.

Portfolio Work

The Temple Street project


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For decades, Temple Street on Beacon Hill use to be the heart of Suffolk University. After a several years-long battle with the Beacon Hill Civic Association, the university sold the Archer and Donahue buildings to JDMD LLC, who will eventually transform the archaic academic and office buildings into luxury condos.

Watch my video on how the construction has continued to delay with no concrete plan.

See my article on Temple Street residents speaking out against the construction work.