Women Still Underrepresented In Media, Food Friday: Fish & Wine, Personal Intellegence

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The ability to understand our own personality, and the personalities of the people around us, plays a crucial role in our own success. That’s according to Veronica Rueckert and Cynthia Schuster’s guest psychologist who joins us to talk about about the importance of “personal intelligence.” On Food Friday we’ll learn about pairing wine and fish, and we’ll start out with a look at a new study that says women and minorities are still severely underrepresented in media.

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  • What Happens When Media Lacks Women, Minority Voices?

    Women are vastly underrepresented in media, the percentage of women of color in newsrooms is declining and quotes and opinions that appear in content are still overwhelmingly attributed to white men, according to a new study by the Women’s Media Center.

    According to the study, “2014 Status of Women in the US Media Report,” released on Feb. 19, two-thirds of U.S. daily newspaper staffs are still men and in newsrooms overall, only 12 percent of employees are minorities.

    This disparity is particularly pronounced in the world of sports journalism, where 90 percent of sports editors are white men and only 14.6 percent of the staff at sports news outlets are women.

    A related study indicates that men were quoted almost four times more than women on a typical New York Times front page, between January and February last year.

    The figures indicate that diversity gains made in recent decades may be slipping, especially, if one considers that women are coming out of journalism at much higher rates than men.

    “To the extent that these higher rates of women journalism graduates represent in leadership positions in media, you could say that women are losing ground,” said Kelly McBride, senior faculty for ethics at the Poynter Institute.

    McBride, who is also co-editor of the recently released book, “The New Ethics of Journalism,” said there are many reasons women don’t succeed in newsrooms, among them a bias placed on male writers over female writers.

    “If you look at some of the pinnacle publications like the New Yorker or Wired magazine, you see male bylines much greater rate than female bylines,” she said.

    Another key reason, she said, is that when newsrooms across the country are uniformly male, there just isn’t an urgency to change.

    “Men are controlling the decisions, and it’s not a priority for them to diversify,” she said.

    What are the effects of gender discrimination in media on the overall media landscape and on society in general?

    Ultimately it affects the content, said McBride.

    “If you don’t have diversity in the staff that creates the content, they’re not going to think of the ideas; they’re not going to contact the sources … (and) we don’t discuss issues that might be important to people who are not white men,” she said.

    As a result, she adds, people don’t see professional experts who aren’t white men quoted in stories.

    “So, it really plays out in this ripple effect to significant consequence to the entire society,” she said.

  • Women and Minority Voices Still Largely Missing From Media Landscape

    According to the 2014 Status of Women in the US Media Report, just issued by the Women’s Media Center, women are still vastly underrepresented in media. Central Time explores how lack of diversity affects the media landscape and society.

  • Food Friday: Fish With Red Wine

    Common wisdom says you should pair fish with white wine. But one of WPR’s in-house foodies decided to go against the grain and try pairing fish with red wine. She shares her conclusions and suggestions for trying it at home.

  • How Personality Shapes Our Lives

    A psychologist explains the concept of ‘personal intelligence’ – how we reason about our own and other people’s personalities, and how that shapes our lives.

Episode Credits

  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Cynthia Schuster Host
  • Marika Suval Producer
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Chris Malina Producer
  • Kelly McBride Guest
  • Andrea Koppel Guest
  • John Mayer Guest

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