Damaging and daunting : female journalists’ experiences of sexual harassment in the newsroom

North, Louise 2016, Damaging and daunting : female journalists’ experiences of sexual harassment in the newsroom, Feminist media studies, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 495-510, doi: 10.1080/14680777.2015.1105275.

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Title Damaging and daunting : female journalists’ experiences of sexual harassment in the newsroom
Author(s) North, Louise
Journal name Feminist media studies
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 495
End page 510
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1468-0777
Keyword(s) sexual harassment
female journalists
survey of Australian female journalists
gendered newsrooms;
gender and work
Summary Female journalists’ experiences of sexual harassment are barely documented in the literature about Australian news journalism despite evidence of its ongoing prevalence. There have been some stories of harassment detailed in autobiographies by female journalists and the occasional article in the mainstream media about individual incidents, but it wasn’t until 1996 that a union survey provided statistical evidence of an industry-wide problem. That Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance survey found that more than half of the 368 female participants had experienced sexual harassment at work. In 2012, I conducted the largest survey of female journalists in Australia finding that there was an increased number of respondents who had experienced sexual harassment in their workplaces. In a bid to better understand female journalists’ experiences of sexual harassment, this paper analyses written comments made by survey participants in relation to key questions about harassment. It finds that most downplay its seriousness and do not make formal reports because they fear victimisation or retaliation. As a consequence, a culture of secrecy hides a major industry problem where many women believe they should work it out themselves and that harassment is the price they have to pay for working in a male-dominated industry.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14680777.2015.1105275
Field of Research 169999 Studies In Human Society not elsewhere classified
1699 Other Studies In Human Society
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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