ERIC Number: ED271759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Application of Feminist Thought to Journalism Education: A Descriptive Analysis.
Beasley, Maurine H.
Since enrollment in journalism programs has become predominantly female, the field could benefit from an infusion of feminist theory that would change the way courses are taught. Female journalism students need to find suitable role models, acquire basic skills in writing, consider new ways of combining family life with their careers, and learn how to market their skills so they can compete with men. Feminist thinking in journalism education would raise the consciousness of women and enable them to insist on fair pay. More women faculty members are needed to help women students develop a professional identity. Women who possess basic English skills may find the language of newswriting foreign because it is based on male values of assertiveness, conflict, and controversy. Finally, women students must be able to cope with the competitive job market; some women must adjust to returning to work after a pregnancy. One solution might be workshops and short courses to facilitate this return. A better solution would be to develop a greater commitment in women to their careers and to devising means to eliminate long career interruptions. Journalism curricula need examination to determine what structures for career preparation exist and to what degree content pertaining specifically to women should be incorporated. (SRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (69th, Norman, OK, August 3-6, 1986).