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Seeking researcher on marginalised women's experiences of Scottish media

Gender Equal Media Scotland, in collaboration with Engender, are commissioning a small-scale research project examining gender inequality in Scottish media. The findings will inform recommendations to Scottish Government about how a new Women in Media Body could operate.

This research will gather data from marginalised women working in and around Scottish media about their experiences as workers, whether employed or as contractors, and of producing content. It will also capture any experience they may have about diversity programmes or initiatives being operated by media companies. This will provide insight into “what works” in increasing gender equal representation and gender-competent content production and therefore help to clarify a theory of change.

The successful project will:

  • Engage with the experiences of marginalised women (racialised women, queer women, older women, disabled women, single parents) working in media and related cultural industries in Scotland and the UK.
  • Identify key obstacles facing women working in or wishing to work in the Scottish-based media sector, constituting more than 160 newspapers, 2 television broadcasters, 40 radio stations, 700 magazines, numerous independent online publishers (and podcasts) and 96 gaming companies.
  • Synthesise key themes and trends across protected groups of women and review how their experiences are descriptive of the media system in Scotland.
  • Review women’s experiences of diversity initiatives implemented by media companies, including features of good (and bad) practice in Scotland and beyond.
  • Include women’s perspectives on industry practices and the content they produce.

If you are interested in applying for this work, find out more information in the Invitation to Tender (also attached in .docx format below)

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