Who makes the news in the newsroom?

Who makes the news in the newsroom? Is there a balanced representation of men and women in news media, in both the copy and corridors of media outlets? Does your gender affect how you choose your sources? Sex may sell, but does your sex affect how the profession is practiced, both in traditional and new media, at home and internationally?

Find out some of the results of the 2010 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP)—the world’s longest-running and most extensive research on gender in news media in the U.S. and around the world—and its impact on journalism and journalists at a roundtable.

When: September 20, 2010
Where: St. John’s University, New York, NY. Queen’s campus, D’Angelo Center (Room 416)
Time: 6-9pm

Here’s a snapshot of the findings from the GMMP 2010 preliminary report. (The final report will be released September 29, 2010.)

  • 24% of the people interviewed, heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news are female.
  • Women have achieved near parity as givers of popular opinion in news stories. At the same time, less than one out of every five experts interviewed is female.
  • Overall, news stories by female reporters are much fewer than news stories by male reporters.

Taking part in the roundtable will be a panel of noted journalists and educators that will include:

  • Judith Cramer, associate professor in the Division of Mass Communications at St. John’s University, and co-editor of the third edition of Women in Mass Communication.
  • Marilyn Greenwald, a professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and author of A Woman of the Times: Journalism, Feminism and the Career of Charlotte Curtis.
  • Sarah Macharia, WACC Global staff, coordinator of the GMMP, and editor of Media and Gender Monitor.
  • June Nicholson, associate director and associate professor in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, and lead editor for The Edge of Change: Women in the 21st Century Press.

For more information on the roundtable visit http://bit.ly/WhoMakesTheNewsNewsroom

The GMMP is coordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication, an international non-governmental organization that promotes communication for social change (waccglobal.org).

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