Tuesday, 16th October 2012
UK: Seen but not heard: how women make front page news
Source: Women in Journalism (UK)
From Background to Research:
The spark for Women in Journalism’s research came from an article written by WiJ committee member Kira Cochrane. Kira wanted to examine the role of women in the British media and hit upon a way of doing this which was as simple as it was brilliant: she (and a team of researchers) counted all the male and female bylines in seven national newspapers over a four-week period. The findings showed that over three-quarters of bylines were male.
WiJ decided to take Kira’s idea and adapt it to encompass not just the gender of those writing the news, but of those being written about, and also photographed, in national newspapers. We settled on restricting our analysis to the front pages only, as this would keep the scale of the project manageable while provide a telling insight into the role played by women - both as writers and the written about – in the main news stories of the day.
An obvious question in an increasingly digital age, is do newspaper front pages any longer have any relevance? Our answer to this is a resounding yes. The front page is the face that a newspaper chooses to present to the world; it is its shop window, if you like, and what its editors choose to display there gives a powerful insight into the paper’s priorities and preoccupations.
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