1st Edition

News, Gender and Power

Edited By Stuart Allan, Gill Branston, Cynthia Carter Copyright 1999
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    How do gender relations affect the practice of journalism? Despite the star status accorded to some women reporters, and the dramatic increase in the number of women working in journalism, why do men continue to occupy most senior management positions? And why do female readers, viewers and listeners remain as elusive as ever?
    News, Gender and Power addresses the pressing questions of how gender shapes the forms, practice, institutions and audiences of journalism. The contributors, who include John Hartley, Pat Holland, Jenny Kitzinger and Myra Macdonald, draw on feminist theory and gender-sensitive critiques to explore media issues such as:
    * ownership and control
    * employment and occupation status
    * the representation of women in the media
    * the sexualization of news and audience research.
    Within this framework the contributors explore media coverage of:
    * the trial of O. J. Simpson
    * British beef and the BSE scandal
    * the horrific crimes of Fred and Rosemary West
    * child sexual abuse and false memory syndrome
    * the portrayal of women in TV documentaries such as Modern Times and Cutting Edge.

    Part I The Gender Politics of Journalism; intro1 Introduction; Chapter 1 The Politics of the Smile, Patricia Holland; Chapter 2 One of the Girls?, Liesbet van Zoonen; Chapter 3 Juvenation, John Hartley; Chapter 4 Gender, Privacy and Publicity in ‘Media Event Space’, Lisa McLaughlin; Chapter 5 ‘Mrs Knight Must be Balanced’, Janet Thumim; Chapter 6 Politicizing the Personal, Myra Macdonald; Chapter 7 (En)gendering the Truth Politics of News Discourse, Stuart Allan; Part II The Gendered Realities of News; intro2 Introduction; Chapter 8 Newsroom Accounts of Power at Work, Linda Steiner; Chapter 9 Mass Communication and the Shaping of us Feminism, Patricia Bradley; Chapter 10 ‘Mad Cows and Englishmen’, Rod Brookes, Beverley Holbrook; Chapter 11 The Gender-Politics of News Production, Jenny Kitzinger; Chapter 12 Gender and the Agenda, Paula Skidmore; Chapter 13 When the ‘Extraordinary’ Becomes ‘Ordinary’, Cynthia Carter; Chapter 14 A Family Affair, Maggie Wykes; Chapter 15 Crimewatch UK, C. Kay Weaver;


    Cynthia Carter, Gill Branston, Stuart, Allan