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Gender as a multi-layered issue in journalism : a multi-method approach to studying barriers sustaining gender inequality in Belgian newsrooms

Sara De Vuyst (UGent) and Karin Raeymaeckers (UGent)
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In feminist media studies, the growing body of research on media production has indicated that journalism remains divided along gender lines. The purpose of this study is to address the lack of relevant multi-method research on gender inequality in journalism. To assess the structural position of women in the journalistic workforce, the authors conducted a large-scale survey of journalists in Belgium. The survey results were explored in more depth by conducting qualitative interviews with 19 female journalists. The analysis confirms the existence of all traditional barriers that women journalists experience. The added value of this study is that it enumerates several additional difficulties, and offers insight into the strategies that the respondents use to deal with gender-related career obstacles. These strategies were associated with the degree of flexibility in the newsroom for journalists with children, the choice to work part-time or freelance, and the use of new communication technologies.
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Belgium, gender inequality, gender segregation, journalism production, multi-method approach

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De Vuyst, Sara, and Karin Raeymaeckers. 2018. “Gender as a Multi-layered Issue in Journalism : a Multi-method Approach to Studying Barriers Sustaining Gender Inequality in Belgian Newsrooms.” European Journal of Womens Studies.
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De Vuyst, Sara, & Raeymaeckers, K. (2018). Gender as a multi-layered issue in journalism : a multi-method approach to studying barriers sustaining gender inequality in Belgian newsrooms. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES.
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De Vuyst S, Raeymaeckers K. Gender as a multi-layered issue in journalism : a multi-method approach to studying barriers sustaining gender inequality in Belgian newsrooms. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES. 2018;
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De Vuyst, Sara, and Karin Raeymaeckers. “Gender as a Multi-layered Issue in Journalism : a Multi-method Approach to Studying Barriers Sustaining Gender Inequality in Belgian Newsrooms.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES (2018): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {In feminist media studies, the growing body of research on media production has
indicated that journalism remains divided along gender lines. The purpose of this
study is to address the lack of relevant multi-method research on gender inequality in
journalism. To assess the structural position of women in the journalistic workforce,
the authors conducted a large-scale survey of journalists in Belgium. The survey results
were explored in more depth by conducting qualitative interviews with 19 female
journalists. The analysis confirms the existence of all traditional barriers that women
journalists experience. The added value of this study is that it enumerates several
additional difficulties, and offers insight into the strategies that the respondents use to
deal with gender-related career obstacles. These strategies were associated with the
degree of flexibility in the newsroom for journalists with children, the choice to work
part-time or freelance, and the use of new communication technologies.},
  author       = {De Vuyst, Sara and Raeymaeckers, Karin},
  issn         = {1350-5068},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES},
  keyword      = {Belgium,gender inequality,gender segregation,journalism production,multi-method approach},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Gender as a multi-layered issue in journalism : a multi-method approach to studying barriers sustaining gender inequality in Belgian newsrooms},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506817729856},
  year         = {2018},
}

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