MOST REPORTERS ON THE 2020 CAMPAIGN BEAT ARE MEN. DOES THAT INFLUENCE COVERAGE?

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Despite the increasing prominence of women in American politics, female journalists who are covering the presidential race continue to be in the vast minority, according to a report by Northeastern’s digital storytelling site Storybench.

Even as a record six women are running for president following the narrow defeat by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, the disparity in coverage is having an effect on how the story of the race is being told.

A preliminary byline analysis performed by Storybench’s Election Coverage Tracker showed that only 32.3 percent of the online news stories were written by women over a recent six-week span of election coverage.

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