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Feminism, Journalism, or Both? Local Television News Framing of a Campus Rape Scandal

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In late 2002, the vice president at a private Catholic college in the western U.S. resigned in compliance with the final demand of campus protests sparked by a series of local television news reports. The stories described a pattern whereby female assault victims left the college to avoid contact with male perpetrators whose expulsions had been overturned by the vice president, in violation of campus disciplinary policy. The framing of these stories differs markedly from the central finding established most often by feminist research on news about sexual assault: that journalistic constraints and values interact with patriarchal assumptions held by journalists to produce news coverage that perpetuates rape myths, including the suggestion that women provoke rape through their dress or behavior. Drawing on a framing analysis of the stories and a semi-structured interview with the key journalist, I argue that largely feminist framing emerges from areas of overlap in the priorities of investigative news and the feminist values of the series producer.

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Worthington, Nancy. "Feminism, Journalism, or Both? Local Television News Framing of a Campus Rape Scandal" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY, <Not Available>. 2009-05-25 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p14138_index.html>

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Worthington, N. E. "Feminism, Journalism, or Both? Local Television News Framing of a Campus Rape Scandal" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY Online <PDF>. 2009-05-25 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p14138_index.html

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Abstract: In late 2002, the vice president at a private Catholic college in the western U.S. resigned in compliance with the final demand of campus protests sparked by a series of local television news reports. The stories described a pattern whereby female assault victims left the college to avoid contact with male perpetrators whose expulsions had been overturned by the vice president, in violation of campus disciplinary policy. The framing of these stories differs markedly from the central finding established most often by feminist research on news about sexual assault: that journalistic constraints and values interact with patriarchal assumptions held by journalists to produce news coverage that perpetuates rape myths, including the suggestion that women provoke rape through their dress or behavior. Drawing on a framing analysis of the stories and a semi-structured interview with the key journalist, I argue that largely feminist framing emerges from areas of overlap in the priorities of investigative news and the feminist values of the series producer.

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Feminism Journalism or Both? 1 Feminism Journalism or Both? Local Television News Framing of a Campus Rape Scandal In late 2002 the vice president of a private Catholic college in the western U.S.1 resigned in compliance with the final demand of campus protests sparked by a series of local television news reports. The stories described a pattern whereby female assault victims left the college to avoid contact with male perpetrators whose expulsions had been overturned by the vice president
to indicate that some of these women have yet to come to terms with their attacks while others have. 3 I omitted the re-broadcast versions of the nine unique stories. 4 The producer’s use of the term “liberal” was in the commonplace sense opposing “conservative” politics. 5 For example the producer described some activities she engaged in outside of the newsroom which suggest a commitment to feminist values. Building coalitions across local newsrooms was one way she thought coverage


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