Journalism failing to attract female staff

Male staff dominate British national newspaper journalism, according to a survey that found nearly three quarters of news journalists across the country’s biggest newspapers are men.

The study, carried out by campaigning group Women in Journalism, also found that men dominate every section of newspaper reporting, ranging from political and business journalism, to areas researchers believed were “traditional subjects that women might have been expected to dominate”, such as arts and lifestyle reporting.

Women also struggle to find representation in senior positions. Eight out of the top ten newspapers have almost twice as many male editors as woman editors, according to the study.

Overall, females make up just 30 per cent of all newspaper journalists, a figure which Rowenna Davis, head of research, claimed “raised serious questions about the meritocracy of our national press”.

Sue Matthias, who bucked the trend by becoming editor of the Financial Times magazine and is also chair of WiJ, said British newspapers still have “a long way to go.

“The gender imbalance we have uncovered is shocking and it seems old attitudes are still alive and well in many places.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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