1st Edition

Journalism, Gender and Power

Edited By Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner, Stuart Allan Copyright 2019
    410 Pages
    by Routledge

    410 Pages
    by Routledge

    Journalism, Gender and Power revisits the key themes explored in the 1998 edited collection News, Gender and Power. It takes stock of progress made to date, and also breaks ground in advancing critical understandings of how and why gender matters for journalism and current democratic cultures.

    This new volume develops research insights into issues such as the influence of media ownership and control on sexism, women’s employment, and "macho" news cultures, the gendering of objectivity and impartiality, tensions around the professional identities of journalists, news coverage of violence against women, the sexualization of women in the news, the everyday experience of normative hierarchies and biases in newswork, and the gendering of news audience expectations, amongst other issues.

    These issues prompt vital questions for feminist and gender-centred explorations concerned with reimagining journalism in the public interest. Contributors to this volume challenge familiar perspectives, and in so doing, extend current parameters of dialogue and debate in fresh directions relevant to the increasingly digitalized, interactive intersections of journalism with gender and power around the globe.

    Journalism, Gender and Power will inspire readers to rethink conventional assumptions around gender in news reporting—conceptual, professional, and strategic—with an eye to forging alternative, progressive ways forward.

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    Section I: The Gendered Politics of News Production

    1. Getting to the Top: Women and Decision-making in European News Media Industries

    Karen Ross and Claudia Pado

    2. Women and Technology in the Newsroom: Vision or Reality from Data Journalism to the News Startup Era

    Nikki Usher

    3. When Arab Women (and Men) Speak: Struggles of Female Journalists in a Gendered News Industry

    Jad P. Melki and Sarah Mallat

    4. Seeking Women’s Expertise in the UK Broadcast News Media

    Suzanne Franks and Lis Howells

    5. Pretty in Pink: The Ongoing Importance of Appearance in Broadcast News

    April Spray Newton and Linda Steiner

    6. Women, Journalism and Labor Unions

    Carolyn M. Byerly and Sharifa Simon-Roberts

    Section II: News Discourses Sexualisation and Sexual violence

    7. Trending Now: Feminism, Postfeminism, Sexism and Misogyny in British Journalism

    Rosalind Gill and Katie Toms

    8. U.S. News Coverage of Transgender Lives: A Historical and Critical Review

    Jamie Capuzza

    9. Gendered Violence in, of and by Sport News

    David Rowe

    10. Irreconcilable Differences? Framing Demand in News Coverage of United Kingdom Anti-Trafficking Legislation

    Barbara Friedman and Anne Johnston

    11. Patriarchy and Power in the South African News: Competing Coverage of the Murder of Anene Booysen

    Nicky Falkof

    12. No more Page 3? Sexualisation, Politics and the UK Tabloid Press

    Patricia Holland

    13. "Page 3 Journalism": Gender and News Cultures in Post Reforms India Section III: Engendering News Audiences and Activism

    Sahana Udupa

    14. Refugees and Islam: Representing Race, Rights, Cohabitation

    Beverly M. Weber

    15. Black Lives Matter and the Rise of Womanist News Narratives

    Allissa V. Richardson

    16. Be Cute, Play with Dolls and Stick to Tea Parties: Journalism, Girls and Power

    Cynthia Carter

    17. Mediated Gendered Activism in the "Post-Arab Spring" Era: Lessons from Tunisia’s "Jasmine Revolution"

    Sahar Khamis

    18. The (In)visibility of Arab Women in Political Journalism

    Noha Mellor

    19. Obstacles to Chinese Women Journalists’ Career Advancement

    Haiyan Wang

    Section IV: Politics and Identities in the News

    20. Feminism and Gender in the Post-Truth Public Sphere

    Catharine Lumby

    21. Women and War Photography: En/gendering Alternative Histories

    Stuart Allan

    22. The Gendered Racialization of Puerto Ricans in TV News Coverage of Hurricane Maria

    Isabel Molina Guzman

    23. When Women Run for Office: Press Coverage of Hillary Clinton During the 2016 Presidential Campaign

    Erika Falk

    24. Conceptualising Masculinity and Femininity in the British Press

    Paul Baker and Helen Baker



    Cynthia Carter is Reader in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University, UK. She has published widely on children, news, and citizenship; feminist news and journalism studies; and media violence. Her recent books include Current Perspectives in Feminist Media Studies (2013) and the Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (2014). She is a founding Co-Editor of Feminist Media Studies and serves on the editorial board of numerous media and communication studies journals.

    Linda Steiner is Professor in the College of Journalism, University of Maryland, USA, and Editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs. Recent co-authored or co-edited books include: Key Concepts in Critical-Cultural Studies (2010), Routledge Companion to Media and Gender (2013), The Handbook of Gender and War (2016), and Race, News, and the City: Uncovering Baltimore (2017). She has published over 100 book chapters and refereed journal articles. Steiner leads the campus Keeping Our Faculty program.

    Stuart Allan is Professor and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, UK. His publications include Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis (2013) and the edited collections, The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism (revised edition, 2012) and Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism: Co-operation, Collaboration and Connectivity (2017). He is currently researching the visual cultures of news imagery in war, conflict, and crisis reporting, amongst other projects.