This is in response to Liz King’s article, “Working hard for
this money,” printed in the Monday edition of The Collegian. I
first must commend Ms. King on the basis of her article; raising
awareness of the gender gap that, while it is slowly decreasing,
still exists today. Obviously more citizens, men and women, in this
patriarchic society need to be educated on this very important
issue since it still exists.
However, your credibility as a journalist quickly diminished
when at the conclusion of your article you wrote, “She would take
75.6 cents an hour if she could work for ESPN The Magazine.” As
humorous as I am sure you were attempting to be, the fact is that
you wrote on a serious societal problem then made a mockery of it
in the end.
Furthermore, if your credibility had not been eliminated by your
attempt at humor, it certainly was when stating in your article
that women earn 76.5 cents compared to men, yet in the conclusion
stating it as 75.6 cents. As a journalist, it is your
responsibility to your readers to get the facts straight.
It is no wonder that the gender gap still exists today when such
instances as an “ethical” journalist makes a mockery of the issue,
and a newspaper actually prints such an article.