MEDIA
02/19/2014 09:02 am ET Updated Feb 19, 2014

Women Are Still Drastically Underrepresented In The News Business

CBS

A newly released report confirms the still-dismal state of women's representation in the news industry.

The Women's Media Center's annual "Status of Women" study looked at the numbers of women working in journalism, as well as whose views are represented in the media. The results — drawn from a compilation of other studies like the 2013 American Society of News Editors Newsroom Census — showed that the current media landscape is still dominated by men.

The study found that the percentage of women on newsroom staffs has remained "largely unchanged" at 36 percent since 1999. The percentages of Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American women in newsrooms in 2013 also fell from their highest figures in recent years.

White men also made up the overwhelming majority of guests (74 percent) on Sunday political shows. One exception was Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show: only 27 percent of the show's guests in 2013 were white men, while 66 percent were not white.

The majority of opinion columnists at the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times are also men, with just 38 women out of 143 writers.

The findings led Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, to declare, “The media is failing women across the board."

The report on Wednesday reinforced previous findings about women in the media. This latest study comes as little surprise. White men have continued to dominate Sunday morning political shows, for example, year after year.

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