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Women still underrepresented in U.S. media, annual report shows

The U.S. media industry still is dominated by men, according to a new study released by the Women’s Media Center. While 73.5 percent of journalism and mass communications graduates in 2011 were women, the proportion of women working in media continues to decline, explained MediaBistro.

The 2012 Report on the Status of Women in U.S. Media showed some good news -- women occupied 40.5 percent of newspaper jobs in 2011, compared with 36.6 percent in 2010 -- but "by almost every other measure, media remains overwhelmingly male, and it's getting maler," reported GOOD.

Other key findings of the report show:

  • In sports news, women made up 11.4% of editors, 10% of columnists, and 7% of reporters.
  • Women comprised just 22 percent of the local radio workforce in 2011, compared with 29.2 percent in 2010.
  • Just 18.1% of all radio news directors were women.
  • Women made up 21.7% of guests on Sunday morning news talk shows airing on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and Fox News.
  • Women were the subjects of just 24 percent of news stories.

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» Think Progress (Television Is Less Sexist Than Movies—But Not By Much)


friv wrote 6 years 7 weeks ago

Women have less opportunities than men

This is the true,even everywhere we hear "Women are equal with men".But in all domains,not just in journalism,women are less than men.This is happen everywhere,in all countries.Maybe in the future women will have the chance to be treated like men are.

John Dinges wrote 6 years 8 weeks ago

women and men: representation in media

The story says women have significantly increased their presence in newspapers--the largest employer of journalists. That's an improvement. Underrepresented is a difficult concept: do they mean in comparison to the population? That would be fair, but would also mean that, by the same measure, men are underrepresented among journalism school grads. We should also be looking at the hiring and departure (buyouts, layoffs, dropping out of journalism) rates for current years to get a more complete picture.

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