We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that participated in our recent survey on gender diversity in UK journalism which was conducted in partnership with global thought leadership consultancy, Man Bites Dog. In addition to inviting all WiJ members to take part, it was also distributed to subscribers of the PR software and services company, CISION.

We had 1,200 responses, enabling us to obtain a range of views across the profession and from all corners of the UK on career opportunities and progression, measurement of diversity, the impact of Covid, and why women’s voices matter.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes with Man Bites Dog to analyse the rich data, which has revealed some illuminating insights that we can’t wait to share. We’re currently working to bring all these findings together in a  report, which will be launched in the autumn.

WIJ chair, Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips, said: “There has rarely been a more important time for good journalism. And yet the pressures on journalism – particularly for women – continue to grow. This survey will give us a deeper understanding of what’s really going on in the UK media and how best we can support those journalists working within it.” 

Man Bites Dog’s Founder and CEO Claire Mason said: “Man Bites Dog is campaigning to close the Gender Say Gap – the underrepresentation of women and diverse experts in business and public life. This study is critical in establishing the role of female journalists in deciding whose stories are told, how women are represented as leaders and experts, and shaping a more inclusive news and policy agenda.”