The 2016 Women for media report is an extensive analysis of the gender balance of sources and experts quoted in the Australian print media over a three-week period, from 1 February 2016 to 21 February 2016. The ‘opinion’ sections of the same publications were analysed over the full month of February 2016.
This report follows prior research commissioned by the WLIA; the Women in Media reports of 2012 and 2013, which analysed female and male sources quoted in the Australian print media over a one-week period.
The 2016 Women for media report is unique in its breadth and depth of gender analysis for both news and opinion articles in the Australian newsprint media.
For contextual purposes, both federal and state parliaments were sitting during February. Common topics in February included results from the half-yearly company reporting season, tax reform proposals (including changes to the GST and negative gearing), asylum seekers and offshore detention, and a major government-led inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.