Intellectual Representation Of Women Journalism Essay

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The screen opens with a slow, artistic piano, visually accompanied by images of black and white ‘Breaking News’ headlines, studios and clips of historical male journalists such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. The classical piano keys reach a crescendo, harmonizing with an emotionally moving string ensemble, simultaneously flashing forward to a modern newsroom as the characters are shown to the audience. The juxtapose between the two newsrooms serves to embed a certain historical influence, distinguishing and carrying over a specific an intellectual continuity associated with these respected male journalists. But why not include highly influential female journalists in American history; one of the greatest war correspondents Martha Gellhorn, or second most influential woman in the world Dorothy Thomson? The decision to ignore esteemed women journalists is the result of a social order inscribed to our condition, to give higher attention to male journalists over their equally respected female counterparts in the history of hierarchal profession. Customarily “hidden from our direct …show more content…
Giving artistic agency to some shows over others, this separation specifically defines those who choose to watch some programs over other ‘bland nonsense’ programs. Carrying with it this tone of primacy, shows like those on HBO propagate social position like gender within their plots and characters, where older, white men hold esteem and power over their minority and female counterparts. An example is Aaron Sorkin’s HBO political drama series The Newsroom that ran from 2012 to 2014. Known well as an outspoken writer in Hollywood, Aaron Sorkin delivered Newsroom much in the same spirit of

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