Women, Men, and News: Divided and Disconnected in the News Media Landscape

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Paula Maurie Poindexter, Sharon Meraz, Amy Schmitz Weiss
Routledge, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 356 pages
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This multi-authored scholarly volume explores the divide between men and women in their consumption of news media, looking at how the sexes read and use news, historically and currently, how they use technology to access their news, and how today’s news pertains to and is used by women. The volume also addresses diversity issues among women’s use of news, considering racial, ethnic, international and feminist perspectives. The volume is intended to help readers understand adult news use behavior--a critical and timely issue considering the state of newspapers and television news in today’s multi-media news environment.

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About the author (2008)

Paula Poindexter, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has worked on the editorial and business sides of the news media. Formerly a manager and executive at the Los Angeles Times, Poindexter also worked as a reporter and producer at the NBC-affiliate TV station in Houston. Her primary research focus is the audience for news.

Sharon Meraz, who has worked in information technology for seven years, joined the faculty of the University of Illinois, Chicago's Department of Communication, in January 2008, where she teaches new media classes. Her research interests include blogging, mobile technologies, social media applications, and citizen political engagement.

Amy Schmitz Weiss, a doctoral candidate in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin who co-founded her college's online newspaper, previously worked at Chicago Tribune Online, Indianapolis Star News Online, and several Chicago Internet firms. Multimedia journalism is her research interest.

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