Rewriting the news: women and media leadership in 2020
Top editorial positions in major news outlets matter both substantially and symbolically. Top editors make important decisions every day. They also represent their outlets, and collectively help represent the news media more broadly. The diversity (or lack thereof) of top editors is thus symbolically important and likely to shape how news media are perceived by different parts of the public.
The Reuters Institute recently published a factsheet analysing the gender break-down of top editors in a strategic sample of 200 major online and offline news outlets in ten different markets across four continents. One of the authors of that factsheet was Meera Selva, Director of our Journalist Fellowship Programme.
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