The focus of some news stories dictates who must be quoted - the government minister or CEO making the announcement, the person accused of or victimized by a crime. At the same time, journalists often have discretion over the people they ask to provide context or analysis, and those people remain overwhelmingly male.
You can help to remind journalists that diverse sources are a hallmark of quality journalism. Please let the news outlets you rely on know you're paying attention. Click on the logos below and encourage them to track the gender of their sources for more democratic conversations.
Informed Opinions' Gender Gap Tracker measures the ratio of female to male sources quoted in online news coverage across some of Canada's most influential national news media. By default, the graphs display the most recent week of data, but with a 3-day delay.
You can adjust the date range using the slider below, selecting the start date from the left, and end date from the right. The charts will auto-refresh once you've done this. Hovering your cursor over components of the bar and circle graphs will show the number and percentage of sources counted during the selected date range.
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The line graph makes it easier to compare how often each news outlet quoted women over time. Its default mode is the most recent 3-month period, but when a specific date range is selected on the slider, the line graph will automatically update to reflect the chosen period.
Media measured by the Gender Gap Tracker are listed below. Click on the logo of the news outlets you rely on to encourage them to start tracking the gender of their sources in pursuit of more democratic public conversations. Include your full name in the email (no other identifiers needed) to ensure your voice gets heard.
Diverse, qualified women sources who are ready to say "yes" to interview requests, or refer you to others able to offer context and analysis, are easy to find in our database. Bookmark this link to increase your ability to more effectively reflect the insights of all Canadians.
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Click here to learn more about the methodology behind the Gender Gap Tracker.