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Women and Journalism by Carole Fleming, Linda Steiner, Deborah Chambers

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Introduction

WOMEN AND JOURNALISM IN THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN

Women journalists present a paradox. Their presence as professional writers and presenters of news is now commonplace, yet they continue to be marked as ‘other’, as ‘different’ from their male colleagues. In print news, official rhetoric proclaims that a journalist's gender is irrelevant. However, while maleness is rendered neutral and male journalists are treated largely as professionals, women journalists are signified as gendered: their work is routinely defined and judged by their femininity. We find that women have not achieved equality either in several ‘serious’ fields of news such as politics and business or in the highly popular and lucrative area of sports news. Women ...

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