Gender Neutral or Male Sphere? Ghanaian Newspapers’ Framing of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)


Date: January 1, 1970
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This study looked at how the Ghanaian media frame ICTs as a male-sphere by analyzing newspaper content of two leading newspapers À“ The Daily Graphic and The Ghanaian Chronicle for 2005. An analysis of 281 stories showed that ICT stories were covered more often by men than women reporters. ICT stories relied heavily on male sources and photographs accompanying the stories were predominately of men. Most of the stories tended to frame ICTs as a technical issue rather than a social issue and lacked any gender analysis of the social impact of ICTs on men and women. Interviews with journalists revealed that beyond the notion held by some of the reporters that ICTs were gender neutral, there were additional factors such as the conceptualization of ICTs, newsroom norms, and journalistic competence of ICT reporting that influenced how ICTs were framed by the Ghanaian media.


Publisher: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, San Francisco, CA, May 24, 2007
Year of Publication: 2007

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