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Category: Media Monitoring

A Closer Look: Who’s Writing Nine Newspapers’ Presidential Election Coverage

| August 28, 2012

On Monday the Women’s Media Center released the shocking statistic, calculated by The 4th Estate Project, that from the presidential primary period (January 1 to April 15) to the general election (April 15 to August 25), 72 to 76 percent of newspaper stories covering the 2012 presidential election were written by men.

The numbers come from a selection of 35 influential newspapers from across the country. Today we wanted to share some of the byline breakdowns for individual newspapers. The numbers reflect only news reports and excludes blogs and opinion columns. For any article with two bylines, the gender of the first name was coded for the entire article.

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Pie charts showing gender breakdown of bylines on nine major dailies' news stories on the 2012 presidential campaign.

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