In week 2 of this Project, your lesson will explore biases in the media (newspapers, TV news, radio, etc.)
This article explains how women are badly underrepresented in the media. While we know 50% of people on the planet are women, this research found:
- Women only make up around 20% of expert news sources (that's the people who give journalists their information to write the articles).
- Only 24% of the people in newspaper, television, and radio news are women.
- Only 4% of traditional news and digital news stories explicitly (outwardly) challenge gender stereotypes.
- Women are only the subject of political and governmental coverage 16% of the time.
- Only 6% of news stories highlight issues of gender equality or inequality.
- Women reporters are only responsible for 37% of stories.
You can read the full article here.
Your challenge this week:
- Pick ONE fact from the list above
- Say WHY it matters
- Say WHAT it would be like if this changed.
- Optional: say if it's like this in the country YOU live in.
Fact 2. Fact 2 matters because there is a bias towards men in the media and women aren't being represented. This is unfair because it means stories about women won't be shared and their voices wont be heard. If this changed, we would have a much more balanced media and everyone would hear a fair range of stories.
- Read other comments first, you can reply to them and say if you agree/disagree and why!
- Do not copy from other websites - all answers should be your own words.
- Think about the wider consequences. What's will happen as a result of the fact that you are talking about? How does this make biases and discrimination continue?