Thursday 23 May, 2019

Survey cites gender bias in local media

The results of a survey done on women in media in Jamaica have suggested that the sex of a reporter appears to be linked to who appears most often in the news.

The survey report said more women normally appear in stories covered by female reporters.

In fact, the survey, which was done as part of the Jamaican News Monitoring Project 2016, posited that "a possible implication for increasing women's overall visibility in the news could perhaps be to increase the number of female reporters."

The research focused on 91 named reporters, 71 per cent of whom were male, while 29 per cent were female.

The survey was informed from newscasts and newspapers for a composite week spread over a three-week period between June 13 and July 4, 2016.

The exercise found that women make up only 26 per cent of people in the news, while men account for 74 per cent.

The survey report said this pattern of male dominance in the news has been a consistent finding in Global Media Monitoring Project studies dating back to 1995.

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