Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Cover Bylines: Mostly Male

Beverly Wettenstein has a rather badly written analysis of cover bylines in the HuffPo today. She was selected to write the piece because she's the founder of Women in History and Making History Today - 365-Days-A-Year Database. The important thing that she acknowledges is that magazines often do a story a year that features one woman who is making progress, but overall, the people writing the cover stories in the everyday business of magazines are men. She had a great table:
that depicts how dismal the ratio of female cover writers to male cover writers is. A similar analysis of my former employer, The American Prospect, is actually much worse than this. I was actually impressed that Time came in with about 44 percent of cover stories written by women. In the world of reporting and opining, that's pretty good.

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