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Female journalists paid 26pc less

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

Despite making up most of the workforce, female journalists in New Zealand are being paid significantly less than their male colleagues, according to a new study.

The survey, part of the 2016 Worlds of Journalism Study, shows the median after-tax salary of female journalists was 26 per cent lower than that of men of equal rank and experience.

The research, made up of interviews of 539 Kiwi journalists, found women were also disadvantaged in terms of promotion, with only half of men working in non-management roles, while two-thirds of women hold non-management roles.

The survey also found journalists in New Zealand feel they are working longer hours, and are under more pressure, both ethically and resource-wise, than two years ago.

"It is concerning that journalists feel these changes have affected news quality, with a perception that the credibility of journalism, ethical standards and freedom to make editorial decisions have all fallen," study lead and Massey University head of journalism James Hollings said.

The Worlds of Journalism Study involves the same survey being conduced in 67 countries, with more than 27,000 journalists interviewed.

Separate research from Statistics NZ released on Tuesday showed working mothers get paid 17 per cent less than working fathers.

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