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Newspaper Campaign Coverage Primarily Written By Men: Study

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 26:  Newspapers are displayed at a newsstand October 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. A report
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 26: Newspapers are displayed at a newsstand October 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. A report by the Audit Bureau of Circulations reveals that the average daily circulation of U.S. newspapers fell 10.6 percent in the six month period between April-September compared to one year ago. The San Francisco Chronicle had the largest decline with a drop of 25.8 percent to 251,782. The Wall Street Journal surpassed USA Today as the number one selling paper in the U.S. after USA Today had its circulation drop more than 17 percent to 1.90 million. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new study from media trends research group 4th Estate found that newspaper articles about the 2012 presidential election were overwhelmingly written by men.

A press release put out by the Women's Media Center detailed the study, in which national and state newspapers were surveyed, including publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.

The study found that 76 percent of articles about the GOP primary published between January 1, 2012 to April 15, 2012 were written by men. Additionally, 72 percent of articles published about the general election after the GOP primary, from April 16, 2012 to August 25, 2012, were written by men.

The findings are not entirely surprising, as the results are consistent with previous studies on gender and the media. In June 2012, a 4th Estate study found that far more men than women were quoted in the press about the 2012 presidential election—even when those quoted were discussing issues that primarily concern women.

In May, a study by the OpEd Project found that men still dominate bylines across various types of media, including articles published in newspapers.

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