In the rapidly evolving world of cannabis journalism, it's the passionate, resilient and purpose-driven narratives that stand tall, illuminating the path for a more inclusive and diversified media landscape.
As part of this ever-growing mission, the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is set to return to Chicago on September 27-28. More than just an event, it represents a celebration of excellence, hosting the highly anticipated Benzinga Cannabis Awards.
Among the plethora of accolades to be presented, categories like:
- Cannabis Business Reporter of the Year,
- Cannabis Finance Reporter of the Year,
- Cannabis Lifestyle Reporter of the Year, and
- Cannabis Policy Reporter of the Year
That truly encapsulates the core of the industry's aim – not just to report, but to recognize, honor and inspire the next wave of journalists who will carry forth this crucial mission.
Journalism Need Diverse Voices
According to My Grasslands, it's no secret that the media has long been a male-dominated field, from the top editorial posts to the most entry-level reporters. While more women than men currently earn journalism degrees, a 2021 study by the Center for Women's Media found that 65% of signatures and similar credits are attributed to male journalists in print and digital media, cable news, and television broadcasts.
"Societal structures cast long shadows and cultural chauvinism infiltrates all sectors of society and business. The cannabis industry, once seemingly a paragon of modern inclusivity, has regrettably reflected traditional patriarchal imbalances as well," says Javier Hasse, managing director of Benzinga Cannabis and co-founder and CEO of El Planteo.
Leading the charge against these imbalances is a …