Journalism Dominated by White men

Recent figures published by the City University of London indicate that 94% of journalism is dominated by white people, with 55% of them being male.

Despite the fact that more women are entering the profession, they are underpaid and under promoted statistically. 86% of journalists in the UK were found to have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The survey nevertheless shed light on the fact that 65% of those entering the profession within the last 3 years have been female, and it is hoped that this trend will redress the gender disparity.

Immigrants are significantly under-represented, with just 0.2% of them being black, and 0.4% Muslim. The current percentage of blacks is 3% and Muslims 5%.

Nearly 50% of females earned less than £2,400 a month, compared to only a third of males.

One survey participant told the Guardian: “There are a few of us who’ve been working at the company for quite a while and haven’t had any kind of pay rise, whereas men in similar positions have climbed up the ladder.”

Female journalists are often unable to be promoted from junior management positions, whereas more men fill senior posts according to the research. Nearly half of women who have worked in the industry for between six and 10 years are still “rank and file journalists”, while 64% of men with similar time in the industry had been promoted into junior or senior management positions, laying bare apparent sexism within the industry.

A Muslim survey participant told the Guardian he had found it increasingly hard to get new jobs in recent years: “Consistently I’ve not really got anywhere, to such an extent that once I applied for the same job using an English-sounding name and I did get an interview”, he said.

Michelle Stanistreet, the general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, asserted that the survey showed that the industry’s efforts to deal with inequalities were failing: “The findings are despite decades of legislation and various government and employer initiatives that have attempted to address inequality in media workplaces.”

A spokesperson for Guardian News and Media said: “As a global news organisation we want to reflect the world we report on and the audiences we serve. We are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across all aspects and levels of our business, and run a number of programmes to encourage and support increased diversity.”

Written By:

Daniel James


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