Covering presidential election campaigns : does reporter gender affect the work lives of correspondents and their reportage?
Grabe, Maria Elizabeth
Yegiyan, Narine S.
Date of Issue2011
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This content analysis reveals that men and women network news correspondents differed in how they covered 4 presidential elections (1992–2004). There were fewer women than men reporters involved in election coverage, but on average, women reported more stories than men and were tonally tougher watchdogs than men. In terms of framing candidates, male reporters were strongly associated with a masculine approach that emphasized the competitiveness of campaigns. By contrast, women correspondents employed both more feminine and gender-neutral frames than their male colleagues. These findings were interpreted against the backdrop of information derived from in-depth interviews with 5 women reporters who appeared in the sampled content.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Journalism::News reporting and writing
Journal of broadcasting & electronic media
© 2011 Broadcast Education Association. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Broadcast Education Association. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2011.597470].