'The innocence in her beautiful green eyes': speculations on seduction and the 'feminine' in the Australian news media

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Little, Janine. 2006. "'The innocence in her beautiful green eyes': speculations on seduction and the 'feminine' in the Australian news media." Pacific Journalism Review. 12 (1), pp. 131-145.
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'The innocence in her beautiful green eyes': speculations on seduction and the 'feminine' in the Australian news media

ERA Journal ID9245
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AuthorLittle, Janine
Journal TitlePacific Journalism Review
Journal Citation12 (1), pp. 131-145
Number of Pages15
Year2006
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
ISSN1023-9499
2324-2035
Abstract

[Abstract]: It is a familiar refrain to describe journalism as, simply, story-telling (Manoff, 1986). The aim of this article, however, is to explore how that simple project turns complicated in a place like Australia, with its lingering anxieties of culture and identity (Gelder & Jacobs, 1998, p.142). This article is a start to a longer study of the specific critical and cultural implications of contemporary journalism, practised in an 'unsettled' Australian postcolonial milieu. Here, the study makes some speculative observations of gender representation in long-running news stories about two women: Schapelle Corby and Lindy Chamberlain. My disciplinary background is cultural studies, not social sciences. The result here, therefore, is not a set of conclusions drawn from content analysis, as would be the case in a different kind of paper. I also want to lend support to the discussion in journalism scholarship of the conundrum of 'objectivity' for journalistic practice in socio-political contexts where assumptions of 'objectivity' may, in fact, obscure journalism's public interest principle.

Keywordsjournalism; objectivity; gender representation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470105. Journalism studies
470107. Media studies
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