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Today is International Women’s Day, but while we are surrounded by examples of inspiring female journalists – Marie Colvin, killed in Syria last month, for one – many news organisations still have a long way to go when it comes to supporting their female members.

A study by VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts compared the number of bylines published in major literary magazines by women and by men and found that the majority are dominated by male voices. Bylines at the London Review of Books were 14% female last year, said VIDA. At the New York Review of Books, just 12.5% of articles in 2011 were written by women. Granta, which was 53% female, was the only exception to the rule.

The Columbia Journalism Review reported earlier this week that the percentage of female bylines at most of the magazines in VIDA’s study isn’t just small; it’s shrinking. Comparing the 2011 VIDA data with that of 2010 showed that the proportion of stories written by female journalists had fallen at The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books and the Boston Review.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-03-08 19:03

Germany may have a strong female figure at the head of its government, but when it comes to the newsroom, the balance of power is heavily tipped in favour of men

This is the complaint or Pro Quote, a new campaign in Germany, which calls for a quota to be imposed on newsrooms to ensure that at least 30% of executive positions are held by women.

"At Germany's roughly 360 daily and weekly newspapers, only 2% of the editors-in-chief are women," states the petition, which also points out that of the country's 12 public radio directors, only three are female.

The petition calls for 30% of top positions "at every level of the hierarchy" to be filled by women within five years.

Pro Quote already has 700 signatories, many of whom already work for well-know media outlets such as Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The first 210 names are accompanied by pictures and comments on the campaigns website. An article in the Guardian names Anne Will, one of Germany's most well-know political TV presenters, Sandra Maischberger, another prominent TV host, and Dagmar Engel, editor in chief of Deutsche Welle, as supporters of the campaign.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-28 18:17

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