Report: New media no better than old media when it comes to women's bylines

Women's Media Center

The Women’s Media Center announced the release of its 2013 Status of Women in the U.S. Media report Friday; it finds that the news media "remains staggeringly limited to a single demographic."

Pure online sites, the report says, "have fallen into the same rut as legacy media. Male bylines outnumbered female bylines at four of six sites reviewed."

Men's bylines outnumbered women's by a "nearly 3 to 1 margin' in presidential-campaign coverage, the study found, and "Men were also far more likely to be quoted than women in newspapers, television and public radio." Obituaries of men "far outnumber those of women in top national and regional newspapers," the report also says.

There is some good news: "The percentage of women who are television news directors edged up, reaching 30 percent for the first time." However, as the report notes, women make up 51 percent of the country.

Previously: Women lag behind men in covering campaign, except for social issues | Study: More women writing op-eds, but female bylines still cluster around ‘pink topics’ | National Magazine Awards to honor men this year | News Anchor Barbie Comes Out as Percentage of Women in TV Newsrooms Falls

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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