Reporting on violence against women: How Guyanese journalists cover violence against women in 2014
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Violence against women is considered a global issue and it denies women their most basic human right, their health. The news media have been identified as an important factor in how violence against women is interpreted and perceived by society. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate how journalists and editors in Guyana, South America, work with the coverage of violence against women. Furthermore, this thesis examines what policies and views on news value that are prominent on the newspapers and what possibilities journalists and editors experience, to make an impact on society, through their reporting. Eight qualitative in-depth interviews were carried out with editors and reporters on the three most widely spread daily newspapers in Guyana. Also a quantitative content analysis, covering January-April 2014, was performed on the same newspapers. In total 159 articles that reported on cases of violence against women were found and coded.
The result indicates that the reporting in Guyana conforms to previous research. The conclusion is that when it comes to context, language and sources used, the newspapers generally fail to work with violence against women adequately. The reporting preserves and reproduces patriarchal power structures by using victim blaming or perpetrator excusing language, not covering it as a social issue and overusing official sources. Furthermore, the result indicates that there are unwritten policies on the newspapers. However, these guidelines are not always followed. The study indicates that the reporting is not given enough resources in terms of time and money, which might be a result of that reporters and editors do not experience that readers are interested enough for the topic to get sufficient resources.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 46 p.
Violence against women, development, news coverage, media, news, covering domestic violence, domestic violence, gender-based violence, intimate partner violence
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26397DiVA: diva2:787899
Subject / course
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Hök, Jöran, Högskolelektor