The J Word 3.4: Naming Missing News Voices
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Our episodes often discuss marginalization and inequalities as a byproduct of journalism. Today, we try to find some solutions to those issues – naming the missing voices in financial crises, in transgender scenes, and in addressing voices of asylum seekers. 

Danford Zirugo is a doctoral student at Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota in the U.S. His paper, “Negative memory mobilization” examines how journalists are reflecting back on their coverage of the 2008 economic disaster to understand what voices were missing in their coverage of financial crisis. 

Minjie Li, Assistant Professor in Communication at the University of Tampa in the U.S., looks at what it means for journalists to be inclusive, particularly when it comes to transgender media visibility. He discusses this in his paper, “Exemplifying power Matters.” 

And, recorded separately, Ashleigh Haw, a Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne in Australia takes us through her paper, “‘Hapless victims’ or ‘making trouble,’” which gives perspective on how news audiences recognize journalistic norms in covering asylum seekers.


Text Featured in this Episode:

Zirugo, D. (2021). Negative Memory Mobilization: Moments of Journalistic Failure as an Interpretive Lens. Journalism Practice, 1-16. 

Li, M. (2021). Exemplifying Power Matters: The Impact of Power Exemplification of Transgender People in the News on Issue Attribution, Dehumanization, and Aggression Tendencies. Journalism Practice, 1-29.

Haw, A. L. (2021). “Hapless Victims” or “Making Trouble”: Audience Responses to Stereotypical Representations of Asylum Seekers in Australian News Discourse. Journalism Practice, 1-19.


Produced and hosted by Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr.

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