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"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.

 


USA: Report on the status of women in media

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.

 

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U.S: New research shows media bias against women as economic experts

Research findings by Media Matters on the presence of women as experts in economic news segments broadcast on three American cable news networks CNN, Fox News channel and MSNBC. The research conducted from April 1, 2013 to March 31,2014 found significant underrepresentation of women appearing as economists (9.6 percent) despite women's larger presence within the profession: "in 2012, almost 32 percent of new economics doctorate recipients were women".
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Response to Paikin: Where all the female experts are

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.

 

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Gender gap across digital media landscape

Researcher Meg Heckman finds that the underrepresentation and undervaluation of women in traditional journalism has continued into the digital journalism world.

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Rights, Stereotypes, and Gender Equality Issues

What proportion of news stories published on major news websites worldwide focus centrally on women?

13%
15%
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19%

Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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Who Makes the News blog seeks to encourage a critical engagement with questions about the gender dimensions of print, broadcast and digital media policy and practice.


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