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Journalism, Gender and Power

1st Edition

Edited by Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner, Stuart Allan


388 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

List of contributors


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


About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies