Women still underrepresented in U.S. media, annual report shows

The U.S. media industry still is dominated by men, according to a new study released by the Women’s Media Center. While 73.5 percent of journalism and mass communications graduates in 2011 were women, the proportion of women working in media continues to decline, explained MediaBistro.

The 2012 Report on the Status of Women in U.S. Media showed some good news -- women occupied 40.5 percent of newspaper jobs in 2011, compared with 36.6 percent in 2010 -- but "by almost every other measure, media remains overwhelmingly male, and it's getting maler," reported GOOD.

Other key findings of the report show:

  • In sports news, women made up 11.4% of editors, 10% of columnists, and 7% of reporters.
  • Women comprised just 22 percent of the local radio workforce in 2011, compared with 29.2 percent in 2010.
  • Just 18.1% of all radio news directors were women.
  • Women made up 21.7% of guests on Sunday morning news talk shows airing on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and Fox News.
  • Women were the subjects of just 24 percent of news stories.

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