Boys Against Girls: the Brisbane Street Press, part 1
I included all contributors listed in the mastheads; some of the publications separately listed those people responsible for the Arts section, whereas others just have one list. If contributors were included in both lists, I only counted them once.
Here’s the breakdown:
As with the photographers, there’s a two-thirds to one-thirds split between male and female contributors between Brisbane’s four weekly street press publications. This is impacted on by the low percentage of female contributors at 3D World but 3D World was also the paper with the highest number of one-word pseudonyms where it was impossible to confirm the contributors’ gender and where I assumed they were male. Making an allowance for this is unlikely to make a big difference to the overall split but could easily make it more like a 65:35 split between male and female contributors as listed in the masthead. Scene may have the lowest number of contributors overall but they’ve almost got a 50:50 split.
A roughly two-thirds to one-thirds split between male and female contributors for Brisbane’s four weekly street press publications is (a) higher than I think I would have expected; but (b) in what I think is probably a similar proportion to other music papers in other places.
However, being listed in the masthead at the front of a street press paper doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve contributed anything to the publication that week, last week or even that you will next week or the week after that. In the next post I’ll be looking at the articles, the reviews, the interviews and who wrote them in more detail, to see whether or not there’s a two-thirds to one-thirds split between male and female contributors actually being published each week in Brisbane’s street press publications.