A key part of WiJ’s remit is its commitment to informing and leading the debate by conducting research into major issues of concern to our members and our industry more generally.

Previous subjects investigated range from ageism in newspapers (‘The Lady Vanishes 1998) to the media’s impact on the ambitions and aspirations of young women (‘Am I bovvered? What are teen girls really thinking?’ (2007) to press demonisation of young men (‘Hoodies or Altar Boys? (2009)).

Autumn 2012 has seen the publication (below) of WiJ’s widest-ranging research to date with a detailed analysis of the front pages of all the major newspapers. Led by WiJ chair, Jane Martinson and members of the committee, the research reveals the differences in the way men and women are written about (and photographed) by the press; and at how many of the main news stories are written by women journalists.

Seen but not heard: how women make front page news

Research led by Jane Martinson (WiJ chair 2011- 2013)


Why is British public life dominated by men?
Kira Cochrane, WIJ committee member


What is media stereotyping doing to our British boys?
Report by Fiona Bawdon, WiJ committee member


The Lady Vanishes – At 45


Real Women – The Hidden Sex


Am I Bovvered?: What Are Teenage Girls Really Thinking?
How is the media shaping the ambitions and aspirations of the next generation of young women? – A report by Fiona Bawdon

Read (word doc)


Cheaper sex – MaryAnn Sieghart and Georgina Henry



Chaps of both sexes – by Linda Christmas (June 1997)

Women decision – makers in newspapers: do they make a difference

Chaps of both sexes


British Journalism Review article – Hilly Janes


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