November 28, 2011
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I like to point people to articles and issues about the world outside the U.S. because I think there is far too little information about the world in the mainstream media. I’ve spent years reporting on the world and I know people are wondering how they should view the Arab Spring or Afghanistan or Iraq or women’s rights in the Middle East. I like to point people to those issues.


Another issue I have with the mainstream media is how women journalists are portrayed. I specifically joined the International Women’s Media Foundation because I feel very strongly that women in this profession need to be encouraged as they face an unbelievable glass ceiling. I try to support my female colleagues around the world whether in Iraq or Afghanistan or Russia or South America. It is really a dangerous profession and I mentor a lot of young women face-to-face. In this country, there isn’t a single woman president of an American news organization. Women are portrayed in a far too frivolous way in the U.S. media. Ideally, they would not be portrayed by the depth of their plunging neckline or hair but on the content of their work and their passion.

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Christiane Amanpour, anchor of ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour and board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation, lays out her media diet at The Atlantic Wire. Read more.

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