This is why men do write the newspapers

Usual Guardianista whine: not enough women doing things.

Male journalists wrote 78% of all front-page articles and men accounted for 84% of those mentioned or quoted in lead pieces, according to analysis of nine national newspapers, Monday to Saturday, over the course of four weeks.

Hmm, so, why?

Well, consider the fact that it took three women to write this article.

Amelia Hill

Additional research by Rachel Cranshaw and Kira Cochrane.

OK, and the three of them together managed to get it this wrong:

This article was amended on 14 October 2012 to rephrase a reference to the abducted child Madeleine McCann being \”regularly photographed\” during the period in question. She was also referred to as a woman.

So might it all be a simple matter of competence?

3 thoughts on “This is why men do write the newspapers”

  1. Could someone explain what the huge financial barrier is to women starting their own online newspaper nowadays?

    I might have understood the article in the 1970s when you needed your own printing presses and to get some distribution, but as far as I know, Blogger, WordPress, Google Ads and various hosting companies don’t discriminate.

    If your shit is so much hotter than what the Guardian are sticking on the front page, you’ll quickly develop and audience and some revenue, and put the Male Chauvinist Pigs out of business.

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    I have an explanation. John Peel gets his voice on the radio and is deluged in under-age jail bait. A butt ugly little man who is dumb enough to pay for someone else’s illegitimate daughter nonetheless is clearly shagging some considerable percentage of the BBC’s research staff.

    So. There are probably non-monetary benefits of being in the media. That tend to appeal more to men than to women. Thus you would expect more men attempt to get their stories on the front page of newspapers. Admittedly most men would rather crawl naked through broken glass than sleep with the sort of groupies the Guardian seems to attract, but some men are clearly not so picky.

    Evolution, not sexism. Simple.

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