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Feminist Consciousness and the Production of a Contemporary Women's Section
Unformatted Document Text:  Tracking number: ICA-12-11416 20 here a while and she has good connections, things like that help. We definitely don’t make up for it, but that’s as good as we can get right now. I especially find it interesting here how Mertz admits she “might be offended” if a newspaper were trying so hard to win over a specific group of people yet she does not see the paper’s focus on “women” in these same offensive terms. Further, while she begins her answer by defending the paper’s lack of diversity as a reflection of the community, she finishes with an acknowledgment that the paper could do better. Frink, the publisher, was one of two people to talk about racial diversity without being prompted. This occurred when he said that newspapers have traditionally been written for “white males.” But, his critical analysis of the topic went further. Frink, after noting that Savvy offers some balance to the newspaper’s voice, said “The next, and far more difficult, thing for newspapers to do is to learn to write hard news stories that don’t take a white male perspective on everything.” He clearly understands that this limited balanced voice occupies space primarily in “soft “ or feature news. The only other reference to racial diversity came when, while describing Savvy’s content, managing editor Haslanger said, “Sometimes we focus on women from ethnic and racial minorities and the additional issues they may face.” Newsroom talk about class, sexual orientation and other identities that feminism recognizes were nonexistent. Skepticism and contradictions A feminist consciousness explains why many of those at The Capital Times are skeptical of or conflicted about having a women’s section. But feminism, and the

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Tracking number: ICA-12-11416
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here a while and she has good connections, things like that help. We definitely
don’t make up for it, but that’s as good as we can get right now.
I especially find it interesting here how Mertz admits she “might be offended” if a
newspaper were trying so hard to win over a specific group of people yet she does not see
the paper’s focus on “women” in these same offensive terms. Further, while she begins
her answer by defending the paper’s lack of diversity as a reflection of the community,
she finishes with an acknowledgment that the paper could do better.
Frink, the publisher, was one of two people to talk about racial diversity without
being prompted. This occurred when he said that newspapers have traditionally been
written for “white males.” But, his critical analysis of the topic went further. Frink, after
noting that Savvy offers some balance to the newspaper’s voice, said “The next, and far
more difficult, thing for newspapers to do is to learn to write hard news stories that don’t
take a white male perspective on everything.” He clearly understands that this limited
balanced voice occupies space primarily in “soft “ or feature news. The only other
reference to racial diversity came when, while describing Savvy’s content, managing
editor Haslanger said, “Sometimes we focus on women from ethnic and racial minorities
and the additional issues they may face.” Newsroom talk about class, sexual orientation
and other identities that feminism recognizes were nonexistent.
Skepticism and contradictions
A feminist consciousness explains why many of those at The Capital Times are
skeptical of or conflicted about having a women’s section. But feminism, and the


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