#FeatureFriday – Gender Gap Tracker

Equal Press #FeatureFriday is a space to highlight individuals or organizations doing noteworthy work in the areas of mediaviolence prevention, or gender equality.

Featuring Informed Opinions’ Gender Gap Tracker

The Gender Gap Tracker is an initiative of Informed Opinions, powered by SFU that measures the ratio of female to male sources quoted in online news coverage across some of Canada’s most influential national news media. The tracker provides the general public with concrete data which they are then encouraged to use to leverage and motivate news media outlets to “track the gender of their sources for more democratic conversations.” The outlets that are tracked are: CBC News, CTV News, Global News, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.

Though the Gender Gap Tracker analyzes all individuals quoted, not just expert sources, it is a strong and persuasive tool and has many implications for the Equal Press Project! We are very excited to be running our project concurrently to this groundbreaking initiative.

Visit their website and reach out to the news outlets you regularly tune into to let them know that you are expecting more of them!

Informed Opinions is an organization that seeks to amplify the voices of women in public discourse in Canada, including in mainstream media.

“We’re amplifying women’s voices for a more democratic Canada. We motivate and train women to make their ideas more accessible to a broader audience and increase their impact. We deliver dynamic, interactive and practical workshops, engaging presentations, and professional editing support. And now, through our expert women database, we’re making it easier for journalists, conference programmers and others to find diverse women able and willing to offer commentary on a wide range of issues.”