“What’s Wrong With America’s Newspaper Opinion Columnists in One Chart” is an article written by Sarah Hedgecock published online for Gawker in December 2012. The article was written in response to recent opinion column trends that denounced technology and contemporary ways of communicating. An opinion column or op-ed is a column in the newspaper that presents an informed and focused opinion of the publisher or writer. Hedgecock noticed that opinion columnists frequently dismiss millennials and younger people’s ideas. Hedgecock analyzed the demographics of major opinion column writers for large publishers like the New York Times and the Wallstreet Journal and discovered that the average age for writers was around 60 years of age. Hedgecock concluded that consistent conservative, confused, and often politically incorrect opinion pieces are in large part explained by the age of writers.
This infographic was produced by an organization called The 4th Estate, whose mission is to create visualizations that detail who has a voice in newsmedia. As they describe on their website: "The 4th Estate collects data from a sampling of news stories from US national print outlets, TV broadcast and radio transcripts covering the 2012 election. These stories are contextually analyzed and broken down by topic, sentiment and newsmaker. The data for this graphic includes quotes and statements from newsmakers who provide subjective insight. Statements from candidates are not counted." This work specifically looks at the gender breakdown of those who were quoted in major news outlets during the 2012 election on topics related to "Women's Issues" during the campaign, including abortion, birth control, the Planned Parenthood organization and women's rights in general.