European news is dominated by white, middle aged men. While men over the age of 40 feature in three-quarters of news stories, women are the protagonists in only a quarter of news, according to new research. Migrants, immigrants, disabled and other minorities have mainly secondary or minor roles. Mediane, a project set up to study how to increase diversity in European media, has called for urgent changes in the way journalists are trained and recruited. It has also concluded that sources of information, and news experts, must be diversified to better reflect contemporary society.
Mediane (Media in Europe for Diversity and Inclusiveness) is a joint Council of Europe and European Union initiative, held over... read more