The Gender News Gap is based on an exploration of gender inequality in UK journalism and media. The gender imbalance in media has a significant impact on business, editorial and content decisions, influencing which stories are told and who tells them. Our report examines the opinions of 1,200 UK journalists on gender diversity in journalism and its impact on female journalists, the media and society more broadly.

At this event we delved into the report findings and examined the challenges of career progression for women in journalism, the lack of action on gender diversity in the media, the compounding effect of Covid-19 and the impact of the Gender News Gap on female representation and the use of female subject matter experts.

Media industry experts as they shared their experience and insights and offered advice on where we go from here as we strive for greater gender balance in journalism and society.

Read the final report HERE 


Professor Lis Howell, Emeritus professor of Journalism, City, University of London  and founder of the Expert Women Project

Tarah Welsh: a senior TV reporter and film maker working for the BBC in London and winner of  multiple awards since joining the organisation in 2009. Tarah focuses on investigations and has an interest in stories affecting communities other journalists sometimes struggle to reach or engage with.

Polly Curtis: newsroom leader and media strategist. Previously digital editor at The Guardian, editor-in-chief at HuffPost UK and editor and partner at Tortoise Media.  @Polly Curtis

Dominic Ponsford, editor-in-chief of Press Gazette and editor of media vertical at New Statesman Media Group. @DomPonsford