In many countries, the majority of high profile journalists and editors remain male. Although there have been considerable changes in the prospects for women working in the media in the past few decades, women are still noticeably in the minority in the top journalistic roles, despite making up the majority of journalism students. In this book, Suzanne Franks looks at the key issues surrounding female journalists - from on-screen sexism and ageism to the dangers facing female foreign correspondents reporting from war zones. She also analyses the way that the changing digital media have presented both challenges and opportunities for women working in journalism and considers this in an international perspective. . In doing so, this book provides an overview of the ongoing imbalances faced by women in the media and looks at the key issues hindering gender equality in journalism.
Suzanne Franks is Professor of Journalism at City University London. She was formerly Director of Research at the Centre for Journalism, University of Kent and a news and current affairs producer for the BBC, working on Newsnight, the Money Programme, and Panorama. Her publications include Reporting Disasters - Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media and Having None of It: Women, Men and the Future of Work.
Executive Summary Introduction 1.1Backwards and Forwards - Onwards and Upwards 1.2 Where Does It All Begin? The Feminisation of Journalism Education 2 Where Are The Women? 2.1 Getting Older 2.2 Who Does What 2.3 National By-Lines 2.4 Newshounds And Features Bunnies 2.5 Just Call me a Man 3. Beyond The Glass Ceiling 3.1 Highlighting Exceptions - The Glass Menagerie 3.2 Changing Directions ...Sliding Glass Doors 3.3 New Ways To Work 4 A Feminised News Agenda 4.1 The Rise of Lifestyle 4.2 Who is making the news? 4.3 Future Trends