Gender In/equality in Media and Journalism - Video Lectures

On this page, you will find all video lectures part of ‘Gender In/Equality in Media and Journalism’. Every week, this page will be updated with new video lectures for the following week.

 

Prior to your online group meeting each week, you are expected to watch the week’s videos and then respond to at least one lecture with a comment, observation or question. SUBMIT HERE >>>

Video lecture comments should be 1-2 paragraphs in length. Your response shouldn’t be a summary, but instead should demonstrate you grappling with the concepts, questions, and implications in the lecture. Feel free to include questions of your own that you would like to discuss further with your group

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*Please note that the views presented in the video lectures are those of the individual speakers and do not represent those of Sharing Perspectives Foundation.

 


A weekly breakdown of topics

Week 1 – Gender and representation

  • How the course works 
  • Gender representation in the news
  • Norms and Stereotypes 
  • Who is allowed to speak, on what, and when?
  • It’s Not just Numbers
  • Why do we get what we get?

Week 2 – Women and Leadership 

  • Women and leadership in media industries
  • Research Trends And Patterns 
  • Issues of Structure
  • Issues of Culture
  • Changing the Picture

Week 3 – Harassment and Intersectionality

  • Defining the issues 
  • Emerging digital age threats
  • The abusive turn against women in media
  • Beyond gender: intersectionality

Week 4 – Technological Innovation

  • Gender and digital technologies
  • Theoretical background
  • Gender issues in data journalism
  • Hacking the gender gap

Week 5 – Policy and Advocacy  

  • Gender-sensitive media policies
  • Advocating gender equality in and through the media – from the grassroots to transnational arenas
  • Media and advocacy tools and initiatives
  • Media as spaces of advocacy

Week 1 – Gender and representation

Karen Ross

Overview: Issues in gender and representation

Karen Ross introduces the topic of gender representation in the news by first exploring the history of research on the field of “symbolic annihilation” of women. She shows how the marginalisation of women in media is a global phenomenon and how some outlets started to react by supporting diversity. Based on that Ross also explains the more recent approach of intersectionality.

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Karen Ross

Norms and stereotypes

Karen Ross guides through the international structure of research on gender inequality, starting from the World Conferences on Women. A central aspect is the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), which findings are surprisingly similar for the whole globe. Ross explains the central aspect of women being much more objectified content of news stories rather than producing them themselves.

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Karen Ross

Who is allowed to speak

In this video Karen Ross addresses the correlation between the under-representation of women and the predominant position of men in regard to being interviewed or asked for personal opinions. By examining this unequal distribution of privileges, she explains why news are rather “constructed” than “just happening”.

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Karen Ross

It is not just about numbers

While further exploring the differing patterns of representation Karen Ross turns to the aspect of how news stories are told and what aspects they focus on. She shows how content correlates with stereotypes and how they are used to perpetuate sexist ideas about concepts of women, how they should look or behave.

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Why do we get what we get

In this last video Karen Ross draws a preliminary conclusion, after which some aspects like visibility of women in media have improved, while the basic problems still remain – as manifested for instance in the fact that female journalists tend to be reporting on lifestyle or fashion rather than politics, economy or sports, which are traditional subject to male news coverage.

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Defining terms and challenging norms

In this video, we consider the normative use of language and the ways it values women and men differently before turning to discuss some of the ways in which those norms are being challenged.

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