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Expect To See More of This Story

By Richard Whitmire — February 15, 2010 1 min read

Okay, maybe the commentary here saying that women dominating the news business has altered coverage is thin, but it’s early in the process. Expect more on this topic in the coming years. I come from the MSM newspaper business, and I’ve seen it become more feminized every year. My book, Why Boys Fail, includes a section profiling the ABC News Washington bureau chief, a pioneer in her field, watching over the years as women came to dominate most of the roles except for on-air, where the viewer-perception is that the genders are equally balanced.

At local stations, the gender imbalances are even more stark. Some small local TV stations have given up on the male/female anchor roles. Not enough qualified men around.

Do does that affect coverage? I’m not sure I’ve seen it, but this commentator differs. It’s only a matter of time. Did male domination of the new business not that long ago produce male-oriented news? Probably. The point here is not to complain but observe.

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