Magazine article The Quill

Women's Role in News Remains Limited

Magazine article The Quill

Women's Role in News Remains Limited

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Recent studies are showing that female journalists' role in America's newsrooms is shrinking, even though women predominate in undergraduate and graduate journalism programs - and have for decades.

The American Society of Newspaper Editors found that the percentage of women in newspaper newsrooms decreased from 37.35 percent to 37 percent. While slight, the decrease comes at a time when women continue to represent 60 percent or more of students in college journalism programs. Minority women at newspapers comprise only 2.99 percent of all women.

According to the 2001 Women and Minorities Survey, women account for 24 percent of television news directors and 20 percent of radio news directors. The RadioTelevision News Directors Association and Foundation conducted that study.

On the other side of the microphone, there's a shortage of women as well.

A study by the White House Project found that women accounted for only 11 percent of all guest appearances on Sunday talk shows in 2000 and 2001, and only 10 percent when guests included presidential and vice presidential candidates. …

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