On its third round of this unconventional monetary policy, the Federal Reserve is buying up securities in an effort to stabilize the economy post-recession. Years into the program, has quantitative easing become such a part of the economy that without it markets would plummet?
The quantitative easing program began after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. Market capitalization made the steepest drop on record (for that time) the following month, and by November the Federal Reserve stepped in.
Since entering the workforce, women have faced bitter backlash from attempting to crash through a patronizing mold and glass ceiling.
Threats, intimidation and abuse on the job continues to impact women journalists, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the International News Safety Institute (INSI), in partnership with the International Women’s Media Foundation. The survey indicates that nearly two-thirds of women journalists have experienced violence and/or harassment while on the job.
Conducted as part of a research project studying violence and harassment of women journalists launched in July 2013, the survey and its results were published December 2 to coincide with the United Nations’ Global Forum on Media and Gender, held in Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more about the forum here.
Hanna Storm, director of the INSI, described the recent survey of women journalists as breaking new ground, raising awareness of not only the dangers of the job but the challenges women journalists continue to face in gaining the respect of their male counterparts.
The Poynter Institute’s Meg Heckman recently authored an article about a new online effort dedicated to tracking how many jobs and bylines women get in the journalism industry of today. The Open Gender Tracking Project is a collaboration of Boucoup and the MIT Center for Civic Media to create software that gathers and analyzes gender equity in the newsroom. Heckman writes:
Gathering this kind of data is just the start for journalists committed to greater diversity, said Kelly McBride, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute who specializes in ethics. Newsroom managers must use these new tools as platforms for deep analysis of institutional biases.
McBride finds the gender gap in front-page bylines especially troubling because of what it says about broader newsroom inequalities.
“That’s just evidence of a system that clearly is not giving women the same opportunities that are given to men, and that has huge implications,” she said. “We know that leaders in newsrooms are chosen from people who are good at doing very specific things.”
I had the pleasure of reporting on a growing effort in Long Beach to bring together designers, programmers and all-around techies. Long Beach Tech just received its non-profit status and is seeking new boardmembers. The organization’s executive director, John Grefe, describes his goals for empowering youth and supporting tech innovation in his city.
“I’m not happy with the idea that Long Beach is a sleepy suburb with a couple of corner shops. People here are too smart and too creative. It’s not just book smart or math smart; they’re weird and artistic and creative. When you get those elements together, that’s when we get to see really cool stuff happen. It’s at that intersection when that happens. I think Long Beach is prime for that intersection to happen, but maybe it needs a little push.”
Read more here.
For the April 9 issue of the Business Journal, I put together an update on AB 32 that includes information on carbon allowance auctions, carbon offset projects, Long Beach’s waste-to-energy facility and more.
California Air Resources Board spokesperson David Clegern said progress is being made in the fight against climate change as the laws under the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 continue to be implemented.
What are your thoughts on AB 32? What about its cap-and-trade program and other regulations? Read the story online here: http://lbbusinessjournal.com/long-beach-business-journal-newswatch/1434-ab-32-update-making-progress-in-the-fight-against-global-warming-.html
As one of the crown jewels of Long Beach since 1967, the Queen Mary has fascinated locals and tourists from across the globe. The ship underwent a substantial conversion from the point it permanently docked in Long Beach’s harbor to 1971. Part of that conversion was to redesign the ship as a destination with a hotel, event space and attractions on board.
“I don’t know that those making the decision really understood how she would be reigned years later as a historic asset,” John Thomas, the ship’s historic consultant, told the Business Journal. “Today we are working with the city to take more of a focus of the ship being a historical art piece as well as a destination.” With the number of historic ships dwindling, and the fact that many of those that do remain have been gutted, Thomas said, “There’s fear out there for a lot of these ships right now.”
Check out my article and accompanying photo tour online at LBBusinessJournal.com!