Missing: Women’s Voices in the Media

By Vivienne Heston-Demirel

As women anchors become more visible in some of the top spots in broadcast news, it is depressing to learn that NPR – that bastion of less histrionic reporting – is generally disinclined to consult women experts in their reports. Indeed, only 26% of NPR’s sources are women. As Jehmu Greene, President of the Women’s Media Center, commented

“Many times we hear there are no women, or there are more men to tap into as experts. I think that’s a mindset that is common in the media. Clearly, it is worth it to do the extra work for the story to get the female perspective which many times can be different, unique and necessary.”

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