ERIC Number: ED207045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Journalism History and Women's Experience: A Problem in Conceptual Change.
Covert, Catherine L.
Traditionally journalism history has been male-oriented and has operated on the assumptions that journalism history is about winning, autonomy, and change. Two corollary assumptions hidden in post journalism history are (1) proper journalism history should focus on action, not consequence of action; and (2) history should be explained in terms of rationality rather than feeling. Admitting an enlarged discourse between arenas permitted to women and those allowed to men might produce a more inclusive history incorporating action and consequence, thinking and feeling, victory and despair. The introduction of women's perspective for these assumptions may provoke a re-evaluation of journalism history as traditionally composed and challenge the idea that the writing of such history must of necessity be organized around underlying premises involving conflict, autonomy, and change. Integrating the experience of women with the experience of men would emphasize failure and despair as well as success and progress, bonding and community as well as conflict and impact, and rhythms of repetition and return as well as innovation and change. Such a history may convey an enlarged sense of the complexity and wonder in any human undertaking. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalism History
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).