He wrote, she wrote: Journalist gender, political office, and campaign news

Title: He wrote, she wrote: Journalist gender, political office, and campaign news

Year: 2013

Journal / Publication: Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Volume: 90

Issue: 1

Pages: 58 – 74

Authors: Meeks, Lindsey

Abstract:

This study examines the intersection of journalist gender and campaign news coverage across legislative and executive political offices in a gender-prominent context: mixed-gender elections—those with at least one woman and one man. Based on a content analysis of U.S. newspaper coverage, this study focuses on “masculinized” and “feminized” political issues and character traits, and explicit references that highlight a candidate’s novelty. Results revealed no direct relationship between journalist gender and news coverage; however, when type of office was considered, there were significant shifts and differences in the focus of coverage by female and male journalists.

Link: http://jmq.sagepub.com/content/90/1/58.abstract

Keywords:

Journalist Gender

Campaign News

Political Office

Women Candidates