The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 36

The Week That Was: IT and Media news week 36

Some 426 pages of UK’s national newspapers were on September 9 used to cover Queen Elisabeth’s life and reaction to her death. At the death of Prince Philip on 9 April 2021, coverage comprised 540 pages over three days, UK’s Press Gazette reported after having counted. The news confirming the Queen’s death on September 8 broke at 6.30pm with an announcement from Buckingham Palace. From 12.40pm, the BBC suspended normal programmes for rolling coverage of the Queen’s health. From around 4.30pm some media were aware the Queen had died but, as far known,  all news publications waited for official confirmation to break the news.

60% in the US and 54% in the UK say they prefer to read news content online than in print newspapers. When it comes to magazines, a survey by YouGov shows other preferences : 58% in the UK and 47% in the US prefer reading magazines in print compared to online.

Globally, only 3% of information and technology students are women. Women are also a minority of students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at only 35%. Biased gender norms and stereotypes derail girls’ choices of what to study in school, and ultimately, their careers and employment opportunities as adults”, UN Women says in a report.

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was likely killed unintentionally Israel’s defence forces announced after an investigation. The Committee to Protect Journalists criticised the statement for lack of transparency and accountability. “The Israel Defence Forces’ admission of guilt is late and incomplete.” 

Women (58%) are more likely than adult men (42%) to value a welcoming, safe online environment. 50% of women versus 38% of men feel people too often excuse offensive material, according to a US study by the Pew Research Center. Teen girls are also more likely than teen boys to prioritize feeling welcome and safe and to say offensive content is too often excused.

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