April 27, 2014
The Journalism Biz is "Frighteningly Male"
A new report by the Women’s Media Center found that male reporters still accounted for 63 percent of bylines in the nation’s top 10 papers and about the same proportion of newsroom staff. All but one of the individual winners of Pulitzer Prizes in journalism this year were male.
Men’s dominance in the field tends to be highest in prestige or “hard” topics like politics, crime, business, technology and world affairs; women put up better numbers in “soft” subjects like education, lifestyle, culture and health. Male opinion columnists outnumber women by more than two to one at The Wall Street Journal, more than three to one at The Washington Post, and five to one at The New York Times. As for sports — do you need to ask?
Men also represent authority and expertise in more subtle ways. On the front page of The New York Times, the study noted, men were quoted three times more often than women. When women were writing the stories, the number of women quoted went up.
What the report doesn’t answer is why this disparity persists, and why women are more equal in some sectors of journalism than in others. And even as newsrooms may be recruiting more women to hard-news beats, a new generation of big-name entrepreneurial ventures like Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight.com seem to be favoring the men.
This, from the profession that continually bangs the "war on women" and pay equality drums. Perhaps they should try practicing what they preach.
Posted by Cassandra at April 27, 2014 12:02 PM
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"Men also represent authority and expertise in more subtle ways. On the front page of The New York Times, the study noted, men were quoted three times more often than women. When women were writing the stories, the number of women quoted went up."
Gee, ya think!
This belongs in the "No Shit Sherlock" category of most stupid statements ever put into print.
And, I'm just gonna leave the reflexive answer to the first sentence hanging out on the back of the freight train, maybe some fresh air will clean it up a little.
Posted by: DL Sly at April 27, 2014 12:37 PM
I've been reading a lot about these issues, with the main push coming from the current administration. However, one thing seems to be prominent and that is the lack of any real solutions being put forth.
Even the EEOC Women's Work Group Report conducted with the approval of the Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity describes the action needed on this issues as more research. After all these years looking at this issue they want additional time for data collection to analyze how the equal pay gap affects women. Go figure.
Posted by: Grant at April 27, 2014 03:07 PM
'Men also represent authority and expertise in more subtle ways.'
Golly Gee Whiz, now I'm gonn hafta footnote that phrase every time I use it!
Maybe the NYT could hire me; then I could copy anyone anytime w/o attribution nor consequences . . .
Posted by: CAPT Mike at April 27, 2014 09:15 PM
See your still a dummy.
The /obvious/ solution is to pass a law mandating every (private) enterprise have absolutely completely even hiring of both genders for every level of every type of position.
wait, wait, wait a minute . . .
We don't need no stinkin law . . . Holder's /Justice/ Dept will simply enforce an edict from the Emperor [no, POTUS?].
Posted by: CAPT Mike at April 27, 2014 09:23 PM
Why do I think the "Women's Media Center" doesn't watch Fox News?
Posted by: CAPT Mongo at April 28, 2014 09:00 AM
And yet progressive candidates and media outlets can count on the unwavering support of regions of voters/customers who care only how the message makes them feel, not how their heroes really act. Who cares how my representative will vote, or what result his policies will have? I care only "whether he cares about people like me."
Posted by: Texan99 at April 28, 2014 10:32 AM
"Why do I think the "Women's Media Center" doesn't watch Fox News?"
Oh, they watch it.
But from an MST3K mindset.
Posted by: DL Sly at April 28, 2014 12:20 PM