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75% of news journalists are men, study finds

UK study also shows that one-third of business and politics journalists in top newspapers are women.

Just one in four journalists at the top UK newspapers are female, according to a new report
Just one in four journalists at the top UK newspapers are female, according to a new report
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NEW RESEARCH INTO the gender balance of journalism in the United Kingdom has shown that three quarters of news journalists are men.

The report was commissioned by the group Women in Journalism and looked at the top 28 newspapers in the industry.

They discovered that women make up just a third of journalists covering business and politics in these newspapers, and that women are less likely to be working in senior positions.

Eight out of the top 10 newspapers in the study had almost twice as many male editors as female editors.

However the papers where women were most likely to be editors were The Sunday Times (40%), The Times (39%) and the Guardian (37%).

The Daily Mail and the Observer had the highest proportion of female journalists, and the Independent, the Sun and the Daily Telegraph had the lowest.

Sue Matthias, who is chair of Women in Journalism and edits the FT’s Weekend Magazine, said: ”The gender imbalance we have uncovered is shocking and it seems old attitudes are still alive and well in many places.”

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