Feminist Journalism: Playing for the Girl’s Team
By Becky Atkinson
Relying upon the traditional news value of ‘objectivity’ to achieve clarity, traditional journalism reports facts gained from ‘legitimate’ patriarchal sources and authorities without the gender analysis and context provided by feminists. Because it diverts our attention away from gender, ‘objectivity’ obscures the social and political reality of patriarchy and reflects and reinforces patriarchal values and institutions.
Conversations with three feminist reporters covering the Pickton Trial
By Jessalynn Keller
The Missing Women trial in Vancouver involves the key issues of second and third wave feminism: sexual abuse, violence against women, sexuality and the roles that race, class and gender play in power relations. Why then is the media coverage of the case still so reflective of dominant cultural stereotypes of women, violence, sex and race? Jessalyn Keller interviewed women journalists from the Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail and the Canadian Press wire service.
Missing and Murdered Women: Reproducing Marginality in News Discourse
By Yasmin Jiwani and Mary Lynn Young
Employing a frame analysis, the authors analyze 128 articles from The Vancouver Sun published between 2001 and 2006. They argue that prevailing and historically entrenched stereotypes about women, Aboriginality, and sex-trade work continue to demarcate the boundaries of ‘respectability’ and degeneracy, interlocking in ways that situate these women’s lives, even after death, in the margins.
The following is a discussion of scholarly articles that may be of relevance when considering media coverage of the Robert Pickton case. Two articles concerning, respectively, sex trade workers in Vancouver and historical representations of aboriginals in Canada are discussed, before turning to several articles concerned with women, violence, and the media.