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female journalists

Plenty has been written about a shortage of women in the newsroom.

Last December a study by Guardian journalist Kira Cochrane suggested that 78% of articles that appeared in British national dailies were written by men.

Last February a group of German journalists got together to complain that, in the German newspaper industry, just 2% of editors-in-chief were women.

The same month, the group VIDA: Women in Literary Arts published a study suggesting that the overwhelming majority of articles in major literary magazines had male authors.

Now, a fresh study has been published, which indicates that women are also being severely under-represented in op-ed writing as well. Poynter reports on a byline survery conducted by the OpEd Project, which suggests that although there have been significant improvements in the proportion of women authoring opinion articles, the subjects they write on still continue to be stereotypical female – food, family, furniture and fashion.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-05-31 18:21

According to a report released by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Center for Advanced Social Research at the Missouri School of Journalism, the percentage of minorities employed in newsrooms is 12.32%, about a percentage point less than the survey from 2010, Poynter reports.

The ASNE began conducting the survey in 1978, when minorities composed only 4% of newsroom employees, and saw increases in minority presence in the newsroom up until 2006 (13.73%), according to Poynter. Since then, the percentage of minorities has been declining faster than the overall percentage drop in newsroom employees, the article said.

An article by ASNE stated that while overall newsroom employment decreased by 2.4% in 2011, minority employment in newsrooms decreased by 5.7%.

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-05 14:58

Senior executive director of the London Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev announced via Twitter on Friday that Sarah Sands is the new editor of the free local daily newspaper, according to The Guardian.

Lebedev tweeted, “proud to announce Sarah Sands is new #Standard Editor. Sure she and her brilliant staff will do a great job in a huge year for the paper.”

Sands, previously deputy editor, will succeed Geordie Greig, who resigned from the Standard to edit the Mail on Sunday, the article said.

Sands is one of few women in the UK who hold senior newspaper positions. As we previously reported, a recent study by Women in Journalism found that 8 of 10 leading UK newspapers had half as many female editors as male editors.

The Guardian reported that Sands initially intended to follow Greig as deputy editor of the Mail on Sunday, but reconsidered after many voiced support in her favor, including London mayor Boris Johnson.  

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Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-02 14:36

Britain is producing an impressive amount of female journalism graduates. But once they leave school, are they becoming journalists? Yes, suggests a new piece of research from City University, London, but not necessarily with national dailies.

Just over a week ago, Kira Cochrane published an article in The Guardian, noting a lack of women in British media. Cochrane ran an initiative to count all the bylines in Monday to Friday editions of seven national newspapers over a four week period. The results were combined with an analysis on the number of women who appeared on Radio 4's the Today programme to produce a final figure: 77.4% of the journalists surveyed were male.

The results were of a peace with a survey conducted by the advocacy group Women in Journalism this March. The study pointed to the low proportion of women working in UK national dailies, as well as to the fact that female journalists held fewer senior positions.

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2011-12-13 18:33

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