Do journalists believe in gender specificities of news topics? The impact of professionalism and family status
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AbstractWhile women have made significant progress in gaining access to the field of journalism over the few past decades, some scholars have noted a persistent tendency for men and women journalists to be assigned to different types of news work, as if some news topics are gender specific, i.e., some news topics can be better handled by men, whereas others can be better handled by women. But do professional journalists themselves perceive news topics to be gender specific? What individual level factors may explain beliefs in the gender specificities of news topics? Drawing on a representative survey of 459 professional journalists in Hong Kong, this article showed that journalists did not treat many types of news stories as gender specific. Women, journalists with a stronger commitment to professional ethics, and single journalists were less likely to believe in gender specificities of news topics. Among women journalists, educational level was related to beliefs in gender specificities. Implications of the findings were also discussed.
All Author(s) ListLiao SXT, Lee FLF
Journal nameASIAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION
Year2014
Month1
Day1
Volume Number24
Issue Number5
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Pages456 - 473
ISSN0129-2986
eISSN1742-0911
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsfamily status; gender roles; gender specificities of news topics; Hong Kong; journalist survey; professionalism
Web of Science Subject CategoriesCommunication; COMMUNICATION

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