Alright, party people -and I exclude myself from that group, seeing as I’m home on a Friday night compiling statistics – welcome to the end of week three. Below are the numbers for the third week of the Byline Survey. And I know I promised you pretty, pretty graphs: they are coming. I promise. For now, here are the numbers in table form.
As you can see, it’s been an unusual week on America’s major op-ed pages. As we mentioned (and celebrated) a few days ago, the WSJ ran an op-ed by a woman this week! Hurrah! And as we’ve come to expect, the LAT had an almost 50-50 week. It’s a breath of fresh air in an otherwise rather dismal set of numbers.
WaPo’s numbers are not what we’ve come to expect from the paper – from the WSJ, sure, but not WaPo! – but I think they can be easily explained. Following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy on Tuesday, WaPo , for some reason, published almost no contributors in the latter half of the week. So take that 100% with a grain of salt. Also – we’ll miss you, Teddy.
HuffPo was full of tributes to Kennedy, most of which, as you can see, where written by men. That said, HuffPo managed to salvage what was looking like a less-than-stellar week; after two days of barely breaking 10%, they managed to bring it up to a total of 16% of the week. Which is not far behind the NYT, but which is also below their usual standards.
So that’s it for week three, an unusual week in many ways. Have a lovely weekend, and see you next week!