When viewing women in the media in comparison to their male colleagues, it is apparent that women are being significantly demoralised. Evidence can be seen through the number of women pursuing a career in journalism, pay and limitations that women are experiencing.
National newspaper journalism is still a man’s world according to a survey conducted by Women in Journalism. The study found that 74% of news journalists are men, and they also dominate political and business journalism. Somewhat less surprising, only 3% of sports journalists are women. The study found that 74% of news journalists on the nationals are men and that men also dominate political and business journalism.
A gender analysis was taken in 2013 based on the bylines in the UK newspapers. The total ratio of male to female bylines was similar to earlier surveys conducted. This recorded a significant 78:22 split with the preferences of men.
The convergence of the media has pushed many to change from print journalism to digital. This can be seen as a hopeful road for some. The transition has created an extensive increase in job opportunities in the media which requires new skills. However, the question which stands, if job opportunities have increased, why hasn’t the rise of women in journalism?
It is not only the evident signs of the lack of women, issues that are happening behind the scenes are also secluding women in the media. The income difference between males and females is too high. Jill Abramson’s departure from the New York Times marked an abrupt end to the sovereignty of the first woman who ran the New York Times. Both events sparked debate about the role of women in Journalism.
Gender inequality in the media is still existing and it is astounding to think about it. Women deserve the right to everything that a man gains in the industry. At this rate, the question still stands – will the inequality ever decline?