Posted By Stephanie Kocer
A recent Poynter article by Andrew Beaujon has suggested that women still don’t get the same respect in journalism that men do. The article reports that men’s bylines outnumber women’s bylines almost three to one during the election season.
When I first read this I was actually surprised. I always feel like there are more women in journalism in general, but maybe that’s because I’m a magazines major at Drake where there aren’t a lot of guys in journalism in general. When I thought about it more, though I realized that when I read newspapers there are not as many female bylines as there are males. I was reading People magazine the other day, which I think of as a women’s magazine, and I was surprised by how many guys had bylines in it. The Poynter article also says men are more likely to be quoted in a newspaper or on TV. A Huffington Post article from May says a study found legacy newspapers like New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal were all dominated by male bylines. Women were found to write mostly “pink topics,” which are stories about food, travel, home, family, and fashion. There has, however, been an increase in women bylines in op-ed sections of those newspapers.
The article also said that college newspapers are actually dominated by female bylines. Could this mean that there is a new wave of female journalists in college right now that are going to be unleashed into the world soon? Or is journalism destined to be a man’s world? What do we think?