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Women and Journalism

Book Description

Women and Journalism offers a rich and comprehensive analysis of the roles, status and experiences of women journalists in the United States and Britain.

Drawing on a variety of sources and dealing with a host of women journalists ranging from nineteenth century pioneers to Martha Gellhorn, Kate Adie and Veronica Guerin, the authors investigate the challenges women have faced in their struggle to establish reputations as professionals.

This book provides an account of the gendered structuring of journalism in print, radio and television and speculates about women's still-emerging role in online journalism. Their accomplishments as war correspondents are tracked to the present, including a study of the role they played post-September 11th.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Women and Journalism
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Authors’ biographies
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. A note on usage
  9. Introduction: women and journalism in the United States and Britain
    1. Women journalists as spectacle
    2. ‘But I don't do weddings’: women's entrance into the profession
    3. Relevant sources on women in journalism
    4. Education and training of women for journalism
    5. Women's contemporary status in journalism
    6. Women and public discourse in the age of new media
  10. 1 Early women journalists: 1850–1945
    1. The rise of women journalists
    2. The impact of the New Journalism on women
    3. Women in the black press
    4. ‘Journalism for women’
    5. Radio broadcasting: a voice for women?
    6. Conclusion
  11. 2 Women journalists in the post-war period
    1. Women at British newspapers
    2. Women at US newspapers
    3. Women in radio in Britain
    4. Women in radio in the United States
    5. Women in television in Britain
    6. Women in television in the United States
    7. Conclusion
  12. 3 The education and training of women journalists
    1. Training and education in the United States
    2. Training and education in Britain
    3. Early efforts of women to teach journalism in the United States
    4. The representation of women in journalism textbooks
    5. Contemporary opportunities and journalism education in the United States
    6. Developments in British education and training
    7. Conclusion
  13. 4 ‘One of the boys’? Women's experiences of the glass ceiling
    1. Setting the scene: problems and issues raised about women's career progression
    2. Career patterns in journalism in the United States
    3. Career patterns in journalism in Britain
    4. Professional and union organizations
    5. Gender segregation in specific fields of journalism
    6. Women in decision-making positions
    7. Sexism in the newsroom
    8. Conclusion
  14. 5 Gendered newsroom cultures and values
    1. Gender and professional values
    2. Broadening the definition of news
    3. Journalism awards
    4. ‘Humanizing’ the news?
    5. Sports journalism
    6. The under-representation of women in political news
    7. Strategies for dealing with masculine newsroom cultures
    8. Conclusion
  15. 6 Challenges to sexism and discrimination
    1. Early challenges
    2. Women begin to organize
    3. Transatlantic allies at press conferences
    4. Storming the locker room and stadium press box
    5. Laws and legislative action in the United States
    6. British initiatives for gender equality
    7. Examples of challenges in the United States
    8. ‘Too old, too unattractive, and not sufficiently deferential’
    9. Conclusion
  16. 7 The ‘first wave’ of women's alternative journalism
    1. The American moral reform and suffrage press
    2. The British suffrage press
    3. Turn-of-the-century efforts and lessons
    4. Conclusion
  17. 8 Women's alternative print journalism of the ‘second’ and ‘third’ waves
    1. Second-wave American periodicals
    2. British feminist periodicals
    3. The lesbian press and status of lesbian journalists
    4. Women's alternative news periodicals from 1980 to the present
    5. Recent trends in alternative and feminist print journalism
    6. Conclusion
  18. 9 Women's alternative media in broadcasting and the Internet
    1. Women's alternative radio
    2. Women's alternative television programmes
    3. The US cable experiment
    4. Women's Internet news and information groups
    5. Conclusion
  19. 10 Women war correspondents
    1. War reporting in the nineteenth century
    2. Reporting on world wars
    3. Reporting the Vietnam War
    4. Women war correspondents between the 1970s and 1990s
    5. Women reporting on the war in Afghanistan
    6. Conclusion: women war correspondents’ conspicuous presence
  20. 11 ‘Postmodern journalism’ and its implications for women
    1. Confessional journalism and ‘therapy news’
    2. The sexualization of news
    3. Judging women TV news presenters by their looks
    4. Post-feminist journalism
    5. Women professionals’ views of new trends in journalism
    6. Conclusion
  21. 12 Conclusion: women, journalism and new media
    1. Features of the gendered structuring of journalism
    2. Gender and on-line journalism
    3. Mainstream journalism and interactivity
    4. Women, the Internet and the public sphere
  22. Notes
  23. Bibliography
  24. Index