Learn about the types of people who become news reporters. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2023
63% of news reporters work in full-time roles while 37% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a news reporter. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming news reporters at a ratio of 1.05 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
69% of news reporters are female and 31% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a news reporter and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a news reporter and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a news reporter than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of news reporters are White, making up 66% of the population. The next highest segments are Black or African American and East Asian, making up 9% and 8% respectively.