Iowa State University announced the airing of assistant professor Tracy Lucht's lecture on the history of women in journalism last week. The class lecture aired last weekend on C-SPAN's "Lectures in American History."
Lucht's lecture focused on how women created new genres and
broke down gender barriers in journalism. "Sob sisters" focused on
women's issues and advice columns while "stunt reporters" attracted
attention to their stories by participating in various stunts.
“This work influenced generations of women,” Lucht said. “While
these women may not have been respected or were viewed as spectacles, they
found a way to make their voices heard. They raised issues that weren’t being
discussed and advocated for themselves, other women and marginalized
Women have gradually taken a greater role in journalism
since the late 19th century. By the 1930s, approximately 25 percent
of journalists were women. Today, that number has risen to more than 36
“We have yet to achieve gender parity in journalism,” Lucht
said. “Women make up about two-thirds of the student enrollment in journalism
and mass communication programs around the country, yet still do not have equitable
representation in the field—especially in upper-level positions.”
While the lecture aired on Jan. 7 on C-SPAN 3, it can still
be viewed online at C-SPAN. It can also be accessed as a podcast here.
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