'The innocence in her beautiful green eyes': speculations on seduction and the 'feminine' in the Australian news media

Little, Janine (2006) 'The innocence in her beautiful green eyes': speculations on seduction and the 'feminine' in the Australian news media. Pacific Journalism Review, 12 (1). pp. 131-145. ISSN 1023-9499

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[Abstract]: It is a familiar refrain to describe journalism as, simply, story-telling (Manoff, 1986). The aim of this article, however, is to explore how that simple project turns complicated in a place like Australia, with its lingering anxieties of culture and identity (Gelder & Jacobs, 1998, p.142). This article is a start to a longer study of the specific critical and cultural implications of contemporary journalism, practised in an 'unsettled' Australian postcolonial milieu. Here, the study makes some speculative observations of gender representation in long-running news stories about two women: Schapelle Corby and Lindy Chamberlain. My disciplinary background is cultural studies, not social sciences. The result here, therefore, is not a set of conclusions drawn from content analysis, as would be the case in a different kind of paper. I also want to lend support to the discussion in journalism scholarship of the conundrum of 'objectivity' for journalistic practice in socio-political contexts where assumptions of 'objectivity' may, in fact, obscure journalism's public interest principle.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of Journal Editor - author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 12:35
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: journalism; objectivity; gender representation
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5311

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