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The Gendered Newsroom: How Journalists Experience the Changing World of Media (Louise North)

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Code: 978-1-57273-872-0

Title: The Gendered Newsroom
Sub-title: How Journalists Experience the Changing World of Media
Author(s): Louise North
Publish Date: January 2009
Pages: 284
Format: Cloth
The Gendered Newsroom is a vivid exploration of the gendered production of news--and in particular the experiences of women--in the Australian print news media. The book engages with the question of how gender shapes newsroom culture and in so doing is concerned with production practices and cultural processes. It considers the dilemmas, constraints, negotiations and compromises which shape journalists’ day-to-day routines.

It probes specific questions about gender in asking:
  • What is journalism and what is a journalist?
  • How is newsroom culture embodied?
  • How do female journalists experience newsroom culture?
  • How has global industry change impacted on the workplace and what does this mean for journalists?
  • How does feminism get played out in the newsroom?
  • What is the relationship of newsroom culture to the content of the news?

    The author’s astute empirical research provides a distinctive account of how Australian print news media journalists experience newsroom culture. The 17 in-depth interviews with journalists ranging in age and industry experience reveal a complex culture coming to terms with dramatic industry changes.

    Contents: Preface. INTRODUCTION: THE NEWSROOM A(GENDER). Why Move From Textual Analysis to Production Studies? Feminist Literature on News Production. Recent Areas of Concern for Feminist Studies of News Media. Gendered Occupations: How Advantage is Conferred. Feminisation Debates. Theoretical Framework. Conclusion. THE RESEARCH: BRINGING THE PERSONAL INTO POLITICS OF OBJECTIVITY. Bringing the Personal into Politics of Objectivity. Shifting Terrain: The Insider-Outsider Positions in Interviews. Interpretation: How I Use the Interviews. Particular Issues in Researching the Production of Media. Book Outline. “BOWLED OVER BY THE BIG BOYS”: FEMALE EMBODIMENT IN THE NEWSROOM. Organisational and Occupational Structure. Masculinities and the Workplace. Organisational and Occupational Culture. The Embodied Worker. Sexuality in the Workplace. Gendered Occupations. Theories of the Body. Insiders and Outsiders in the Newsroom: Who is a Journalist? Being a “Journalist”. Conclusion. DISCOURSES OF POWER AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE NEWSROOM. History of Sexual Harassment. Feminist Critiques of the Implementation of Sexual Harassment Policy. The Changing Meaning of Sexual Harassment in Australia. The “Jokey Blokey”—Sexual Humour and Power. How “Sexual Harassment” is Used by the Interviewees. Making a Complaint and Moral Obligation. Young Women, Power and Subjectivity. “You’re Just a ‘Pussy Pumper’”—the Embodied Lesbian and Sexual Harassment. Conclusion. GLOBAL INDUSTRY CHANGE AND ITS GENDERED IMPLICATIONS IN THE NEWSROOM. Backgrounding Globalisation and Media Research. The Global Media Worldview—Concentration of Ownership. Neoliberal Industrial Style and Organisation. Work Intensification in the Australian Media. The Gendering Effects of Work Intensification. Technology and Changes in Journalistic Practices. Changing News Content: The Feminisation of the News? Conclusion. GENDERED CONFIDENCE/CYNICISM AND THE EFFECTS OF NEOLIBERALISM. Cynicism in the Industry. Neoliberal Discourses at Work. Conclusion. SIGNS OF RESISTANCE? More Signs of Resistance: Using Legislative Measures to Pursue Change. Inside the Industry: Women’s Challenges to Gender Inequality in Pay and Promotion. Conclusion. WHAT DOES FEMINISM MEAN TO JOURNALISTS? What is Feminism and How Do Interviewees View Feminists? Conclusion. FEMINISM AND NAKED WOMEN IN NEWSROOM DIALOGUE. Multiple Identities and Objectivity. Feminist Debates About the Representation of Women. Naked Female Bodies and Protest. Problems with Using the Female Body to Inscribe Protest. Gender Politics in Newsrooms. The Politics of Nudity. Conclusion. CONCLUSION. Is Change to Newsroom Culture Possible? Appendixes. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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