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Cathleen Decker
Political reporting an old boys' club? Not at L.A. Times
Political reporting an old boys' club? Not at L.A. Times

A recent survey by the Women’s Media Center found that about 75% of newspapers’ election coverage this year had been written by men. The report on the data was headlined, “Men are telling the stories of Election 2012.” But that’s not in the case in the Los Angeles Times. The survey counted bylines in 35 “influential” newspapers, including The Times. It broke the results into two periods: From Jan. 1-April 14, 76% of the total election articles were written by men; and from April 15-Aug. 25, the figure was 73%. A quick, and admittedly less scientific, examination of Times bylines alone yields a much different result. In The Times, about 60% of election stories this year have been...

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