am a Journalism major at Carleton
University in Ottawa. This semester,
I am to write an essay on the
media's "objectivity and newsgathering
techniques" when covering stories
pertaining to women. I thought
I'd look at the patriarchal
manner in which wife abuse has
been covered in (or ignored
by!) the media since the 1970s
in order to assess to what extent
coverage has changed. Unfortunately,
I'm at a loss as to what kind
of sources might help me. Mightn't
you please recommend some authors,
books, periodicals, etc. that
could aid in my research? I
would really appreciate it!
you so much.
actually just co-wrote a book,
Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism
and the Future, and one
chapter, "Feminists Want to
Know: Is The Media Dead," deals
with just this subject, i.e.
how the media continually ignores,
diminishes women's contribution
to society and the issues that
are a priority for most women.
And since writing that chapter,
I learned that Lauren Zalaznick,
a producer, etc., spent three
years tracking the New York
Times' coverage of women, only
to discover that they rarely
consider women's issues, including
violence against women, a top
news story. This chapter also
includes a list of resources.
I hope that helps -- and good
luck. Obviously it's an important
topic to address and to get
greater attention on.