Women continue to be underrepresented both in the ranks of professional journalists and as the subjects of “hard” news stories. Hard news refers to political and economic stories; soft news refers to lifestyle, home, and family stories.
Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) found that in the period
2000-2005, 57% of news presenters were female. But only 29% of all
news stories were written by women.
- The GMMP also found that only 32% of hard news stories were either written or covered by female journalists.
morning news talk shows are considered prime time for hard news (Meet
the Press, etc). Beyond a few familiar faces, studies have found that
women are much less likely to be included on panels and, when they are,
they are given less air time than male guests.
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