ERIC Number: ED124987
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Sex Stereotyping and Reporting.
Drew, Dan G.; Miller, Susan H.
To investigate the effect of sex stereotyping on their news stories, 65 journalism students were asked to write a two-page news story on the basis of information packets about a new appointee. They also listed further questions for the appointee and suggested pictures to accompany the story. In one experimental condition the appointee was male and in the other the appointee was female. Differences in the content of the stories, questions, and pictures due to the sex of the reporter and the sex of the newsmaker were tested using two-way analyses of variance. The blatant stereotyping predicted was not found. However, student reporters included more assertions about job qualifications when writing about the male appointee and asked the female appointee more questions about sex role and more factual questions about the position. A factor analysis produced five factors, including one that presented the newsmaker as well rounded and qualified; this pattern was present more often when the appointee was male. There were no significant differences based on the sex of the reporter. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (College Park, Maryland, August 1976)