Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Major

Journalism and Mass Communication

First Advisor

Tracy Lucht

Abstract

This study examines the construction of women journalist protagonists in six novels published since 2000 by analyzing the themes and concepts authors use to create the characters, including the cultures of the fictional newsroom, character identities and professional success. The findings indicate that fictional women journalists are held to the same standards as their non-fictional counterparts, and authors construct semi-positive, relatable characters. The resulting characters work in newsrooms that reflect non-fictional realities, including a lack of gender diversity in authority positions and male-dominated spaces. The findings show that while most of the portraits of women journalists in the selected fiction are positive, they are often marginalized and confined to reporting on women's issues - continuing the legacy of the original sob sisters.

Copyright Owner

Kelsey Batschelet

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

54 pages

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