The routine abuse female journalists face online

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

The unacceptable price of practicing journalism as a woman online:

A person has stalked and harassed her for five years based on a blog post she wrote in 2012. Other commenters call her the N-word and a “cunt.” One man devoted two years to creating new Twitter accounts every day with the sole purpose of harassing her. She’s been told she’s not really black because her mom is white—that she’s posing as a “quasi-Negro.”

I bet 50% of my readers will be as shocked as me, and the other 50% are shaking their heads in familiarly and depressing recognition.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.