Making News - Women in Journalism

Making News - Women in Journalism

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Author: Ammu Joseph
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 416
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0144000571


Making News: Women in Journalism brings together the personal stories and professional assessments of more than 200 women, including familiar names such as Bachi Karkaria, Kalpana Sharma, Malini Parthasarathy, Mrinal Pande, Shobhaa Dé and Tavleen Singh. Capturing the experiences, opinions and distinct attitudes of a wide range of female journalists in print media, this book offers key insights into their views on their profession in general, as well as their perceptions of their own individual roles.

Ammu Joseph, a long-time media consultant and observer, analyses the various ways in which gender and gender-related issues affect women in journalism, and presents a frank and forthright picture of the ups and downs of this fascinating field. She traces the history of women’s involvement in the mainstream media and probes the diverse perspectives of women working in different parts of the country, in various languages, in both small towns and big cities—some just starting out in their careers and others who are already well-established. Their voices reflect a gamut of complex issues–from sexual harassment at the workplace to marginalization and discrimination in a largely male-dominated profession.

In recent years substantial numbers of women have opted for, and achieved great success in, journalism. However, as an occupation it has not received intensive scrutiny from within the profession, by women journalists themselves. Making News delves into the ground realities, as well as the exciting possibilities, of a career in print media.


When women begin to claim their own space, define their own issues and agendas and mobilize themselves for equal participation in the public and professional sphere, it greatly strengthens democratic practice in society, ultimately it is the voices and experiences of women themselves, varied, strong and independent, which can show the way ahead.
-From the foreword by Nirmala Lakshman





The Story so Far
What’s A woman Journalist?
The Gender (DIS) Advantage
Wanted: a Job
Hard Choices
Strangers in the Night
All in the Family
The Enemy within
Through the Glass, Darkly
A Tough of class
The Generation Gap
Nurturing Networks
Professional Opinion
ANNEXURE I: Building a Networks
ANNEXURE II: Journalists who have contributed to this book
Select bibliography
ANNEXURE III: Recipients of the Chameli Devi Jain Award