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Naked Women, Feminism and Newsroom Culture


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North, LC 2004 , 'Naked Women, Feminism and Newsroom Culture' , Australian Journal of Communication, vol. 31, no. 2 , pp. 53-68 .

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The emphasis of media scholarship on media texts and their various
meanings, and audience responses, has been at the expense of any detailed
considerations of those who actually produce the texts. This focus has either
downplayed or dismissed both journalists' subjectivities and the power relations of
production processes in newsmakinq, and how journalists' personal histories might
influence what becomes 'news'. In this paper, I examine negotiations over feminism
in a series of dialogues that occurred recently in the newsroom of, The Mercury
newspaper in Hobart, where f have workedas a sub-editor. These discussions centre
on the publication of an image of a group of naked female anti-war protesters. I
explore the various subject positions that journalists took up in regard to feminism.
I also draw on material from recent in-depth interviews with print media journalists
who discuss the place of feminism in newsroom culture. I conclude that feminism is
a significant port of newsroom culture, although a feminist-friendly newsroom is for
from the norm.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:North, LC
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Communication
ISSN: 0811-6202
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