Who makes the news : Australia : global media monitoring project 2010 national report

Romano, Angela R. (2010) Who makes the news : Australia : global media monitoring project 2010 national report.

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The Australian report for the Global Media Monitoring Project 2010 (GMMP 2010) involved a study of 374 stories that were sampled from 26 Australian newspapers, radio and television stations, and internet news services on 10 November 2009. This snapshot of reporting on that day suggests that women are under-represented in the Australian news media as both the sources and creators of news.

Females made up only 24% of the 1012 news sources who were heard, read about or seen in the stories that were studied. Neglect of female sources was particularly noticeable in sports news. Women made up only 1% of the 142 sources who were talked about or quoted in sports stories.

Female sources of news were disproportionately portrayed as celebrities and victims. Although women made up only 24% of sources overall, they comprised 44% of victims of crimes, accidents, war, health problems, or discrimination. Unsurprisingly, women made up 32% of sources in stories about violent crimes and 29% in stories about disasters, accidents or emergencies – usually in the role of victim. Females were commonly defined in terms of their status as a mother, daughter, wife, sister or other family relationship. Family status was mentioned for 33% of women quoted or discussed in the news stories compared to only 13% of male sources. Women also made up 75% of sources described as homemakers or parents.

The Australian GMMP 2010 study also indicates a gender division among the journalists who wrote or presented the news. Only 32% of the stories were written or presented by female reporters and newsreaders. The gender inequality was again most evident in sports journalism.

Findings from the Australian report also contributed to the GMMP 2010 Global Report and the Pacific GMMP 2010 Regional Report, which are available at http://whomakesthenews.org/gmmp/gmmp-reports/gmmp-2010-reports

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ID Code: 39495
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Number of Pieces: 1
Keywords: Journalism in Australia, Gender, Women in the news media, Men in the new media, Sports reporting, Crime reporting, Political reporting, Science and health reporting, Economic reporting, Celebrity, arts and media reporting, Newspapers, radio, television and online journalism
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Gender Specific Studies (169901)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: GMMP 2010 is licensed under creative commons using an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
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This report was created for the GMMP 2010, which was coordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), with contributions from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

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Deposited On: 09 Jan 2011 23:53
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