Media Guidelines for the Responsible Reporting of Violence Against Women: A Review of Evidence and Issues

Georgina Sutherland, Angus McCormack, Patricia Easteal, Kate Holland and Jane Pirkis (2016) Guidelines for Reporting on Violence Against Women in the News Media. Australian Journalism Review 38(1): 5-17.

13 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2016

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Georgina Sutherland

University of Melbourne - School of Population Health

Angus McCormack

University of Melbourne

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Kate Holland

University of Canberra - Faculty of Arts and Design

Jane Pirkis

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Date Written: August 30, 2016

Abstract

Violence against women is a global public health problem. There is growing international interest in how to prevent this pervasive human rights violation. It is within this context that the media – a dominant force in shaping the discourse on matters of public importance – is seen to play a crucial role. This paper considers the expanding body of evidence concerning portrayals of violence against women in the news media. We then review the content of a selection of international media reporting guidelines developed to address such concerns. We demonstrate that despite similarities in content, much less is known about processes by which the guidelines have been developed and disseminated. There is only one study in the peer-reviewed literature examining the impact of media reporting guidelines on journalism practice. In the light of the dearth of research and evaluation activities, we consider issues around future efforts in this area.

Keywords: media and violence against women, media reporting guidelines violence against women

JEL Classification: I10, K40

Suggested Citation

Sutherland, Georgina and McCormack, Angus and Easteal, Patricia L. and Holland, Kate and Pirkis, Jane, Media Guidelines for the Responsible Reporting of Violence Against Women: A Review of Evidence and Issues (August 30, 2016). Georgina Sutherland, Angus McCormack, Patricia Easteal, Kate Holland and Jane Pirkis (2016) Guidelines for Reporting on Violence Against Women in the News Media. Australian Journalism Review 38(1): 5-17.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2832441

Georgina Sutherland

University of Melbourne - School of Population Health ( email )

4/207 Bouverie Street
Parkville, Victoria
Australia

Angus McCormack

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Kate Holland

University of Canberra - Faculty of Arts and Design ( email )

Australia

Jane Pirkis

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health ( email )

4/207 Bouverie Street
Parkville, Victoria
Australia

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