A new book edited by University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Associate Professor Cory Armstrong that details the inequity of gender representations in informational and entertainment media has been published by Lexington Books.
“Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground” examines the latest research in discourse and content analyses trending in both domestic and international circles, and highlights the progress – or lack thereof – in media regarding portrayals of women, across genres and cultures within the 21st century.
“The portrayal of women in media has been a key aspect in my research program throughout my career, and this book illustrates how little those representations have changed in the past 35 years,” Armstrong said. “Given that media serve as a socializing agent for children and young adults, it’s important to understand the messages that our youth are receiving regarding gender roles in contemporary society, in genres ranging from health news to video games.”
Armstrong enlisted some of the top experts and researchers in mass communication to address employment, sourcing, coverage and representation in global media.
“The contributors to this book are among the pre-eminent feminist scholars in the mass communication field, along with some up-and-coming gender researchers. This collection of authors gives a clear overview of gender representations over time, along with some new trends in the area,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong joined the UF faculty in 2004 after more than eight years of professional journalism experience on newspapers in Ohio.
“Cory’s research is making a significant contribution to the literature on gender and media,” said Diane McFarlin, dean of the UF College of Journalism and Communications. “She is laying much of the groundwork for how women are represented in news content.”
The book is available through Lexington Books at http://www.lexingtonbooks.com/, Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Media-Disparity-A-Gender-Battleground/dp/0739181874 and Barnes and Noble at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/media-disparity-cory-l-armstrong/1116458990?ean=9780739181881
Panel of journalists, advocates and law enforcement officials to discuss
Camille Johnson’s runaway daughter, Wa-Das, 17, was prostituted from a Sarasota townhome. The night Wa-Das returned, Camille grabbed this sword, thinking she would hurt those who had prostituted her daughter. (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Dan Wagner)
A panel of journalists, advocates and law enforcement officials will discuss the issue of human trafficking, both domestic and abroad, on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at Pugh Hall on the University of Florida campus.
“A Conversation on Modern-Day Slavery” is presented by the UF College of Journalism and Communications in partnership with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. The event and parking is free and open to the public.
Panelists will include journalists from the Herald-Tribune who on Sunday, Oct. 13, published “The Stolen Ones,” (thestolenones.heraldtribune.com) a compelling investigative series that shares the stories of victims of human trafficking in Florida.
“This isn’t the polite chit-chat of receptions or lunch meetings, yet this issue of trafficking – and the sordid economy of abusing children – is flourishing nationally, in Florida, and probably down the street if not in your neighborhood,” Herald-Tribune Executive Editor Bill Church said.
Bridget Grogan, with WUFT News, will moderate the panel that includes Church, Herald-Tribune reporter J. David McSwane; Herald-Tribune projects editor Scott Carroll; Jeanne Singer, chief assistant state attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit; Frank Williams, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Florida; and others.
“Conversations like this one are critical in a democratic society,” said Diane McFarlin, dean of the UF College of Journalism and Communications. “This fits within our mission as an institution of higher education and steward of North Florida’s public media outlets. It is our obligation to bring these types of discussions to the community and work through the weighty and under-the-radar issues together.”
The event will be recorded and portions of the evening will be edited for possible broadcast on the NPR and PBS affiliates, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM and Florida’s 5 WUFT-TV.
In addition to the Thursday evening conversation, the College also will be hosting a digital exhibition on Friday, Nov. 22 in the College’s 21st Century News Laboratory (G037 Weimer Hall) addressing issues of child sex trafficking in Greece. This exhibit features the photographic work of College alumnus and adjunct instructor Jeremiah Stanley, JM 2009. Stanley and his wife, Meredith, raised funds to document child trafficking in Greece last summer. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.
David Finkel, TEL 1977, currently the Enterprise Editor and Reporter for the Washington Post spoke to Professor Mike Foley’s reporting class about immersion journalism on October 24, 2013 .
Finkel was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 as a staff writer for the Washington Post for his coverage of U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. He is the author of “The Good Soldiers,” retelling his account of being imbedded with the 2-16 Rangers in Baghdad during “the surge” efforts in 2007, during one of most difficult periods of Iraq War. In 2012, Finkel was the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award. He was featured in the article “Genius at Work” in Winter 2013 issue of the Communigator.
The ABA Journal quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert about a Virginia Supreme Court ruling regarding restrictions on the speech of attorneys in the November 1 story, “Virginia Supreme Court holds that advertising rules may be applied to a lawyer’s blog.”
The national Edward R. Murrow award won by Cameron Taylor, TEL 2013, on work reported for WUFT News, is featured in this story on WJHG, Panama City Beach, where Taylor currently works.
The ABA Journal quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert regarding disclosure of merchant credit card fees as first amendment protected speech in the October 1 story, “Merchants say loss of credit card ‘swipe fees’ violates their 1st Amendment rights.”
Executive Associate Dean Spiro Kiousis is among 49 faculty and administrators from Southeastern Conference universities selected as 2013-14 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program fellows.
Kiousis joins UF colleagues Christopher Janelle, Interim Associate Dean, College of Health & Human Performance, and Rowan Milner, Department Chair, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, in this year’s program. The selection process involves nominations of associate deans or experienced chairs by their deans, and a committee of former ALDP Fellows makes the selection.
The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, established in 2008, is a professional development program that seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond by allowing them the unique opportunity to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. It has two components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants. This year’s workshops will be held Oct. 14-16 at the University of Georgia, and Feb. 5-7, 2014, at the University of South Carolina.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert regarding the expectation of privacy in public places in the September 23 story, “Pittsburgh’s parking authority snaps 200K motorists a month.”
The College of Journalism and Communications commissioned the Innovation News Center on the evening of Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The state-of-the-art facility houses the College’s sports, weather and news operations. Alumni, students, faculty, staff and donors came to Weimer Hall to enjoy tours of the center, a reception and a keynote address by David Folkenflik, NPR’s media correspondent.
“Students entering the college today are encountering a tremendous facility,” Folkenflik said. “The next generation of reporters for the New York Times…the Buzzfeeders, and the Woodwards and Bernsteins will find inspiration here.”
The two-story, 14,000-square-foot Innovation News Center opened in fall 2012 and replaced three older newsrooms. The facility has nearly 100 seats for student editors, producers and reporters that work together to report news for the College’s media properties, including WUFT-TV, WUFT-FM 89.1, ESPN 850 WRUF, Country 103.7 the Gator, WUFT-TV 6, and wuft.org. Several journalism and telecommunications classes are held within the facility, allowing students to learn to report news in multiple platforms.
“At the most basic level, we are giving students practical experience in the professional sense,” said Dean Diane McFarlin. “But our students can also be part of experimental ventures. It’s the potential for exploration that excites me the most. The most successful businesses are looking for people who are creative and can work in teams, and all that will be exercised in this newsroom.”
Matt Sheehan, director of the Innovation News Center, is the executive editor of the newsroom. The Innovation News Center provides information for citizens in 18 counties in North Central Florida. His next explorative venture is a digital weekly magazine that will be available in the iTunes App Store soon.
“I think the possibilities of the INC are endless,” Sheehan said. “We will utilize the power of our media properties and the enthusiasm of this next generation of journalists,” he said. “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
David Folkenflik’s keynote
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Story by Mina Radman. Opening video by Steve Johnson. Keynote video by Craig Lee, audio by Bill McClancy, edited by Steve Johnson. Storify by Justin Galicz.