"It is essential to promote forms of communication that not only challenge the patriarchal nature of media but strive to decentralise and democratise them: to create media that encourage dialogue and debate; media that advance women and peoples' creativity [...] Media which are responsive to people's needs". (The Bangkok Declaration, 1994) This blog seeks to encourage a critical engagement with questions about the gender dimensions of print, broadcast and digital media policy and practice. The posts highlight news, events, analyses and information from around the world in an effort to spur gender-focussed debate and action.
The Women’s Media Center announces the publication of the WMC Status of Women in U.S. Media Report 2015. The study looked at the 10 most widely circulated newspapers in the U.S., the national evening news broadcasts, the most-viewed Internet news sites and two international wire services.
Response to Canadian television programme host Steve Paikin on the question: “Why won’t women come on our show?" Ultimately, lack of a systematic strategy to achieve gender parity in content and staffing.
Researcher Meg Heckman finds that the underrepresentation and undervaluation of women in traditional journalism has continued into the digital journalism world.Read More
What proportion of news stories published on major news websites worldwide focus centrally on women?
You are correct! 19% of online news stories focus centrally on women according to the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) findings. In the traditional news mediums however, only 10% of stories direct attention to women or deal with issues affecting women in particular ways.
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