Tuesday, November 9, 2010

[pima.nius] REGION: Pacific women make up less than 30% of news subjects, journalists told

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Title – 7117 REGION: Pacific women make up less than 30% of news subjects, journalists told
Date – 9 November 2010
Byline – Courtney Wilson
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – The Fiji Times, 8/11/10
Copyright – FT
Status – Unabridged
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http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?ref=archive&id=159427

SUVA (The Fiji Times/Pacific Media Watch): Men make more of the news, says femLINKPACIFIC executive director Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls.

Either as the central focus of topics or topical issues, news stories of or involving women stood at 17 percent, she said at the University of the South Pacific's journalism awards night last Thursday.

"As news makers, women were under-represented in professional categories.

"The sex of the journalist made a difference in whether or not women made the news," she said.

Female journalists reported more female news subjects in stories at 25 percent while male journalists reported more news subjects involving men, Rolls said of findings by the Global Media Monitoring Project.

"It is clear that when women are not present in formal structures of decision making and power, including within the public service, there is a link to the unequal presence of women in the news.

"In the Pacific Oceania region, less than 30 per cent of the subjects of news are women," she said.

Newspaper reports involving women were 28 percent and 22 percent for radio and television news, she said.

"This was comparable to the percentages of female announcers or reporters producing the news - 28 percent of stories in newspapers and 22 percent for radio and television featured female news staff."

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