It's been 20 years, but things haven't changed as much as we might expect. A newreportby the Women's Media Center found that male reporters still accounted for 63 percent of bylines in the nation's top 10 papers and about the same proportion of newsroom staff. All but one of the individual winners ofPulitzer Prizesin journalism this year were male.
Male opinion columnists outnumber women by more than two to one at The Wall Street Journal, more than three to one at The Washington Post, and five to one at The New York Times. As for sports — do you need to ask?
Men also represent authority and expertise in more subtle ways. On the front page of The New York Times, the study noted, men were quoted three times more often than women. When women were writing the stories, the number of women quoted went up.
What the report doesn't answer is why this disparity persists, and why women are more equal in some sectors of journalism than in others. And even as newsrooms may be recruiting more women to hard-news beats, a new generation of big-name entrepreneurial ventures like Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight.com seem to be favoring the men.Jack Shafer has pointed out, major exponents of the new online brand journalism seem to be mostly male. Mr. Shafer calls them "marquee brothers": journalists like Ezra Klein, Nate Silver and Glenn Greenwald, who land much-talked-about deals with deep-pocketed investors to run their own ventures. It can't be a coincidence that just two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal unveiled an all-male roster of speakers at a tech conference.
Yeah, pretty disappointed by the Vox/538 hires. I know a good # of talented women that applied that didn't even hear back (unless they had friends already working there). It's a damn shame.