National Press Club

Ms. Quote: Expert panel explores lack of female sources in coverage, Jan. 13

December 26, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

What are we missing when our reporting doesn’t adequately include women experts and women subjects? Why should we care and how can we increase women's voices in the news?

Come explore these issues and engage in the debate with an expert panel at the National from 6:30-8 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Registration -- $5 for Club members (login for code); $10 public -- is required.

Panelists include Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief Bloomberg News; Sally Buzbee, AP Washington bureau chief; Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief; Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist; Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent and Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker. Linda Kramer Jenning, Georgetown University journalism instructor and Washington editor of Glamour, will moderate the panel.

A December report showed that cable evening news discussions of women’s health featured more male guests (85 percent) while women’s health experts were hosted only 15 percent of the time. An analysis earlier this year of front-page stories in the New York Times found that reporters quoted three times as many male sources as female sources.

At the same time, journalists complain that they approach women experts who decline to be interviewed. Other studies show a lack of female representation from news talk shows to op-ed pages, and the Global Media Monitoring Project continues to find that women are underrepresented around the world in news coverage compared to men.

Questions are welcomed in advance by emailing institute@press.org. #MsQuoteNPC