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Qualifications in the Newsroom

When I first arrived in the Bay Area, I picked up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. It’s probably the most cliche thing I could’ve done. It’s not like it wasn’t available in Memphis, but I knew that coming here, I had something to learn. (I still do, always.) I wanted to read about what a woman on the inside of a tech company would be able to offer as advice, suspecting that I’d probably end up at one due to their sheer saturation.

Since reading that book, one statistic — quoted not only by Sandberg but others talking about the “confidence gap” in women — stays in the back of my mind. The statistic comes from a Hewlett-Packard internal report, summarized succinctly in the Harvard Business Review by Tara Sophia Mohr in 2014: “Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.”

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Snapchat’s Redesign Could Show A Culture Shift for Social Media

Even after 1.2 million users signed a Change.org petition, Snap doubled down on the changes made to Snapchat — a major update that totally restructures the face of it. Because it was such a huge update that influenced the user experience and design of it all, there is always expected pushback, particularly from longstanding users who have become accustomed to a certain usability.

However, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says the flak only bolsters what they’re about:

“We’re excited about what we’re seeing so far. Even the complaints we’re seeing reinforce the philosophy. The frustrations we’re seeing really validate those changes.”

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