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Women and Leadership in the News Media 2020: Evidence from Ten Markets

Global research / MIRH/ 17 October 2022

By: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ)

In this RISJ factsheet the gender break-down of top editors at a strategic sample of 200 major online and offline news outlets in ten different markets across four continents is analysed.

It is found that the clear majority of top editors across the sample are men, and not a single market covered has a majority of women among top editors. While there is a strong and positive correlation between the percentage of women working as journalists and the percentage of women among top editors, there are fewer women in top roles than there are women in the profession as a whole.

Also there is no meaningful correlation between overall gender equality in society and the percentage of women among top editors, underlining that there are specific dynamics at play in journalism and the news media.

There are many more women among the top editors at online outlets than (often older) offline ones.


Women and Leadership in the News Media 2020

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