Global Media Monitoring Project 2015

Yesterday I participated in the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). GMMP is an initiative of ‘Who makes the news’, a knowledge, information and resource portal on gender and the media. GMMP studies gender in the news.

Every five years since 1995 a GMMP takes place. On March 25th volunteers in 144 countries around the world gathered together to research national newspapers, television, radio and internet news broadcasts. Goal is to measure the balance of men and women in the news: how many times, in what role, their function and the subjects talked about.

So I travelled to Hogeschool Utrecht and found the classroom I had to be at the faculty of Journalism. I felt a student again! Such a long time ago that I went to college…We were with 25 people and one of them was an older man. At least tonight we were well represented.


After the introduction and instructions we started to collect the data. I researched national newspaper Metro. Till then I didn’t realize the overwhelming portrayal of men in the news. When I worked at ANP, the news agency in the Netherlands, I never paid attention if the portrayal of men and women was balanced. Little did I know…But the gap is enormous!

We researched 7 national newspapers, 4 new websites, 2 television news broadcasts and 2 radio news broadcasts. Of the 346 persons who appeared in the news (and the gender was known), 273 were male and 73 were female. So men still dominate the news. After collecting the results a press release was written and spread. You can read the press release here.

A lot of pictures were made and someone included a picture of me in her blog. She wrote about the astonishing results and the discussions we had afterwards.

I was shocked about the fact that men are dominating the news. 79 percent of the people in the news are male. The difference is unacceptable. I think it’s time for change!


Newspaper post

AD - Prinsjesdag 2013It’s already more than a week ago, but I can’t deprive you of this! I was one of the 100 job seekers in the national newspaper AD on the opening day of Dutch parliament. My apology for the bad quality of the picture.

The small ad tells my previous job and that I’m looking for a new one. I would love to work in the magazine industry as an editor and one of my characteristics is my energy.

Energy level

I’m really enjoying my time. I can’t believe what a difference structure causes. I got warned earlier, but I kept going on and on. Now I realise its immense effect. The energy starts flowing again!

Sunday was all about dance. I even danced in the rain during a workshop at the Spui square in The Hague. I have watched the performances of some amazing dancers and dance acts as well.

And when you keep your eyes open, opportunities are all over the place! I probably will get some great exposure next week. One of Netherlands biggest newspapers, the AD, is going to produce a special around the opening day of Dutch parliament. They want to show the job seeking population, give them a face and voice. I answered 5 questions and had a small photo shoot. Can’t wait to see what they have created with the 100 participants they searched for!