A new study — that is sure to make people say “Shocking!” or “Nothing new to me!” — has found that men continue to dominate the media business.
The Women’s Media Center’s latest Status of Women in the Media report showed that the percentage of women on newsroom staffs was a dismal 36 percent, where it has been since 1999. Also, among America’s “three most prestigious newspapers and four newspaper syndicates,” male op-ed writers out number women four to one.
The report gets worse from there. Below are some other higlights. Or lowlights.
- A two-month long review of news sites and newspapers showed that 82 percent of all movie reviews were written by men.
- A three-month long review of New York Times front page articles found that men were quoted three times more often than women.
- Among news directors working at local radio stations, only 20 percent were women.
- A survey of 150 sports centric print publications and websites found that 90 percent of editors were white males.