Melissa Ludtke

About Melissa Ludtke

Melissa Ludtke was editor of Nieman Reports from 1998 to 2011.

Spring 2002: Women and Journalism Introduction

By Opinion March 15, 2002

In her 2010 Niemen Reports essay, the late pioneering journalist Kay Mills observed that “in 2009, women were 34.8 per cent of newsroom supervisors and 37 percent of newsroom employees, and those figures are down slightly in each category from the previous year. In 1971, 22 percent of daily newspaper journalists were women. This doesn’t seem like enough progress to have made in nearly four decades, especially at a time when there are far fewer newsroom jobs.” Read Kay’s essay and the stories American women journalists wrote for Nieman Reports a decade ago. Read more

Winter 2001: Women and Journalism Introduction

By International Journalism December 15, 2001

In an excerpt Niemen Reports published from a book about gender and journalism, Margaret Gallagher wrote in 2001: “Wherever one looks in the world, women still have relatively little decision-making power either inside the media organizations themselves, or in the political and economic institutions with which these organizations must interface.” From Europe to Africa, Indonesia to India, from Arab countries to South America, women journalists share stories from the newsroom and describe how news coverage changes when women are among the decision-makers. Read more

Winter 2001: Introduction

By Features December 15, 2001

Through the night of September 11, 2001, photographer Peter Turnley took refuge in a second-floor office in a clothing store, its windows blown out by the force of the attack on the World Trade Center. As he tried to absorb what he was seeing, he documented the devastation. At dawn, he moved close to the site and fastened his journalistic eye on faces whose expressions evoke our feelings of loss. From covering war, Turnley knew that “the most important pictures…are after the battle, when one sees the human impact.” Read more

Fall 2001: Introduction

By Visual Journalism September 15, 2001

At a time when so much of journalism is quicker, shorter and hyped to grab the public’s presumed short-attention span, the documentary—with its slower pace and meandering moments—is finding receptive audiences in many old places and some new ones as well. In this issue of Nieman Reports, we’ve asked those who document our world to explore how their work converges with ours. How is what they do related to journalism? And what does the documentary form allow its adherents to do in reporting news or exploring issues that other forms of journalism do not? Read more

Summer 2001: Introduction

By International Journalism June 15, 2001

The battle over the ownership of NTV television—Russia’s largest non-government national TV network—appeared to Western eyes to be a story about the role that President Vladimir Putin was playing in the demise of freedom of the press. Andrei Zolotov, … Read more