Twitter launches #HerStory video series highlighting female journalists
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Twitter on Thursday announced the launch of #HerStory, a monthly video series highlighting the work of female journalists.

“Women journalists are essential to the storytelling landscape, and far too often face obstacles while doing their jobs that their male counterparts do not,” the tech platform’s Twitter News account said. 

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The first journalists highlighted in the series Thursday include Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi and BuzzFeed News entertainment journalist Sylvia Obell.

The video also featured Juju Chang, co-host of ABC’s “Nightline,” and Tanzina Vega, host of WNYC’s “The Takeaway.”

A December study from Amnesty International and intelligence software start-up Element AI found that women who work as journalists and politicians were the subject of abusive tweets every 30 seconds in 2017, including a disproportionate targeting of black women.

“We found that, although abuse is targeted at women across the political spectrum, women of color were much more likely to be impacted, and black women are disproportionately targeted,” Milena Marin, senior adviser for tactical research at Amnesty International, said at the time. “Twitter’s failure to crack down on this problem means it is contributing to the silencing of already marginalized voices.”