The Role Of Women In Asia News Room

By LIN Zhihuai   May 30, 2020

The lack of female representation in news production and coverage has long been a contentious issue in the industry. A recent study found that only a little more than a third of news stories worldwide were being written by female reporters. Moreover, while mainstream media outlets in Western countries have proactively addressed the issue through such initiatives as the BBC’s “50:50 Project,” those in Asia and Oceania have remained behind the curve, with another recent report indicating that less than a quarter of positions in the industry were being filled by women.

This data story attempts to visualize some of the key findings on the role of female journalists in the Asia newsroom. It presents some selected gender data for China, South Korea, India, Japan, and the Philippines respectively.