WMC Reports

Divided 2019: The Media Gender Gap

A Women’s Media Center investigation of who provides coverage for 28 top news outlets shows that male journalists continue to report most news, especially for wires and TV prime-time evening broadcasts.

  • 69 percent of news wire bylines (AP and Reuters) are snagged by men – by far the biggest gender gap in news media; 31 percent by women.
  • 63 percent of TV prime-time news broadcasts, feature male anchors and correspondents; 37 percent are women.
  • 60 percent of online news is written by men; 40 percent by women.
  • 59 percent of print news is written by men; 41 percent by women. 

Overall, men produce 63 percent of the analyzed reports while women produce 37 percent. 

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METHODOLOGY

The information in WMC’s “Divided 2019: The Media Gender Gap” is derived from an analysis of 52,584 pieces of content from September 1 to November 30, 2017. Selected media include the top 14 national newspapers by circulation, four evening news broadcasts on major broadcast networks; two news wires, and eight major Internet news sites.

Newspapers: Using major commercial content aggregators, articles were collected from the first, or A section, of 13 broadsheets and one tabloid: Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Newsday (NY), The Arizona Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Houston Chronicle, The Mercury News, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, USA Today and New York Post.

Wires: All articles from the Associated Press and Reuters with an identifiable byline are included. Due to the volume of content produced by wire services, every attempt was made to select articles only over 500 words.

TV: Transcripts were collected from weekday evening news broadcasts on ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. Anchors and reporters were identified as the byline journalists.

Internet: Due to the high volume of content published on these sites, a random selection of content was selected from eight sites: HuffPost, The New York Times online, The Washington Post online, Foxnews.com, CNN.com, latimes.com, Vox and MSNBC.com.

Topics: All content was given one or more subject tags. These tags are cross-refer- enced with the gender of journalists to identify whether certain subjects are covered more by men or women.

For content that includes more than one identified journalist or reporter as the source of the content, each byline has been included in the analysis. 


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