Class every fortnight on Friday from 9h to 12h starting as from the 19th August.
Introduction to gender and the media
Key Media Theories
Students are to submit a one-page write-up (summarising key points) on a contemporary artist using Fiske’s article about Madonna as model. Note that the article was distributed in class on 30th September.
LGBT in media
We discussed the upcoming assignments for the holiday break. There will be two assignments: one individual and one collective.
About the individual assignment:
As from now, each student is required to keep a personal diary in which you will log occurrences of media content which you encounter and the diary is to be updated until the end of the year. The notes should be uploaded every 2 weeks for addition to the blog and for presentation in front of class and discussion.
What the log may include: snapshots of billboard ads, print ads, radio ads, TV spots, Facebook memes, movie trailers, TV shows, news items, etc.
What you have to do: write a few lines of analysis on each log item. You may for example address questions as follows. Is there any misrepresentation of gender roles (masculinity, feminity, LGBT)? Unequal representation? Overrepresentation, stereotyping, sexism…
How do your entourage (friends, family) receive, decode and assess the content from a gender perspective? Be careful to interview them in an unbiased way. Finally, do you see any patterns in gender representations?
About the collective assignment
Students should work in teams of minimum 4 and maximum 5. Each team should work on one media format (we have already discussed in class) and prepare a presentation for our 2nd session in January 2012. The presentation should review current local content on the selected media format and propose an original gender analysis.
To date, we have groups working on the following:
- Billboard ads
- Radio ads
- Print ads (newspapers)
- Print ads (magazines such as Essentielle, Energie, LifeStyle, Panorama and supermarket brochures)
- Songs – lyrics
- Video clips
- News items
Please use the comments section to confirm which group you are in and what format the group has settled on.
Note that class resumes on Friday 27th January for the second semester. Happy New Year 2012 to you all!
Please bring all your material collected for the assignment so that we can have a round-up of progress achieved so far.
Please be there on time. The order of presentations will be determined by a drawing of lots. Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes per team. There will be a laptop and RGB for slides (do not prepare too many slides and do not overload your slides). You should not prepare fully written notes, only key words and phrases to guide you if needed.
Note that there will be two sets of marks: a collective mark for the content and an individual mark for each student for oral performance.
All students should pay attention to their classmates’ presentations (i.e. no chatting or preparation for your own presentation) and be prepared to asks questions too during the Q&A.
Good Luck to all!
We carry on with oral presentations
Lecture on Gender in the News Media
Related online resources:
– Media Ownership: The Big Six
– 10 Most Influential Media Moguls in History
– Qui possède les médias? (en France)
– Are Women People?
– Des associations féministes contre le sexisme médiatique
– Défense de Dominique Strauss Kahn par BHL
– L’étrange omerta des médias sur le cas DSK
– L’affaire DSK et l’omerta sur les violences sexuelles
Students’ contributions: Please click on the page to be able to view your contributions and comment on them. As far as possible, please put your contributions in the comments section with links to images and videos.