ERIC Number: ED284227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Ratio of Men to Women on Selected College Newspaper Staffs in Five Southwestern States.
Sparks, Mary Kahl
Given that for the past eight years women have constituted the majority of students enrolled in college journalism programs, a study investigated whether women hold the majority of staff and management positions on campus newspapers. Twenty-one schools in five southern and southwestern states were surveyed in 1986 about information concerning campus staffs during the fall of 1985. Results showed that, while women made up 63.2% of the news-editorial majors at the colleges surveyed, they made up only 44% of the editorial staff of the campus newspapers. However, women fared better as top editors on the campus staffs than in any other position examined--10 of the 21 top editors were female. Forty percent of the other editors were female and 45.6% of the reporters were female. Of the 18 schools with faculty advisers, only two advisers were female. Results also showed that women did better at the seven schools where work on the campus newspaper was required for a journalism degree. Findings suggest that college women are more successful than their professional counterparts in newspaper management--the 40% of the college women in management is certainly higher than the 10% of "directing editors" reported by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. (Footnotes are appended.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalism Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (70th, San Antonio, TX, August 1-4, 1987).