Women locked out of news reporting - survey

September 20, 2016
Hilary Nicholson

A new survey report on women in media in Jamaica is suggesting that the sex of the reporter seems to be linked to who appears in the news.

The report, which was done as part of the Jamaican News Monitoring Project 2016, said that more women appeared in stories covered by female reporters.

"A possible implication for increasing women's overall visibility in the news could perhaps be to increase the number of female reporters," the study, in which Hilary Nicholson was the lead researcher, said.

The researchers said that of the 91 named reporters, 71 per cent were male, while 29 per cent were female.

Information for the survey was collected from newscasts and newspapers for a composite week spread over a three-week period between June 13 and July 4, 2016.

The survey found that women make up only 26 per cent of people in the news, while men account for 74 per cent.

According to the survey, this pattern of male dominance in the news has been a consistent finding in the Global Media Monitoring Project studies from 1995 to 2015.

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