Issue 4

Welcome to the fourth issue of Let’s Connect | Restons Connectés | Mantengamos la conexión, our space as the GMMP network to think, plan and act together during these unprecedented Covid19 times. 

Just over three months following the decision to postpone the global monitoring day we have made strides towards preparing for this unique GMMP. 

Prof. Krisztina Rozgonyi with her students at the University of Vienna conducted a pilot test of the new ‘GMMP-during-Covid’ coding instruments on Twitter and Internet news, with results that are both encouraging and concerning. Read Rozgonyi’s analysis and some of her students reactions in this issue.

The GMMP national teams are regrouping, recruiting new volunteers and refreshing their monitoring skills based on the adapted GMMP-during-Covid19 questionnaire. Let us know if you’re planning a training webinar for your team and are happy to allow others to follow the training. 

In this issue GMMP coordinator for the United States. Dr. Glory Dharmaraj discusses the intersectional approach planned for the U.S.  monitoring which, this year, takes place against the backdrop of Covid-19 and a climate of heightened awareness of race inequities following the killing of George Floyd.  

Also new during the past week is an Encyclopedia on Gender, Media and Communication with over 250 entries, one of which is about the GMMP.   

In solidarity. 
Sarah Macharia, GMMP Global Coordinator

Embedding Intersectionality into Gender: GMMP 2020

Glory E. Dharmaraj, Ph.D.
GMMP Coordinator USA. President, WACC North-America

The dual shadow cast by Covid-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by police brutality has made many of us in the United States of America “see” things which often go unreported or underreported in the media landscape. The dual pandemic has unveiled social inequities as never before. News media have been relentlessly capturing evolving impact stories of Covid-19 as well as systemic racism. 

Under the shadow of this two-fold pandemic and unveiling of structural inequities, Global Media Monitoring (GMMP) 2020 will take place in the U.S. 

Intersectionality & Gender: The GMMP has come a long way in becoming a conscientizing tool in assessing fair and accurate representation of women and girls in media. The results of GMMP 2005, in particular, shed light on a key lack in gender coverage. That is, though women were physically visible in news media coverage, female perspectives were missing in the news stories. In GMMP 2015, women’s presence in digital media was more pronounced particularly in internet and twitter news. 

Mere presence of women does not guarantee diverse women’s perspectives. Read more

More equal or more political? GMMP 2020 pilot in Austria

Krisztina Roszgonyi, University of Vienna

The first wave of the health emergency put all of us under pressure, adapting to the realities of an unexpected and never before experienced situation. Teaching and lecturing during these times had to redefine and transform the learning experience in a way which was academically meaningful and technically manageable to students. Moreover, it was quite clear from the very beginning that only topics and activities which reflected everyday concerns of the pandemic could maintain attention and focus; thus we decided to monitor women’s presence and representation in Austrian online news reporting

Read more

VAW: A plague within the pandemic but not headline news

Last year the South African president elevated the epidemic of violence against women to national crisis level following pressure from activists, promising to put in place a public national register of offenders, a review of cold cases and harsher penalties for perpetrators.

The crisis is not unique to South Africa. In her recent report, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Šimonović, termed such violence a “global plague” that “affects one in three women worldwide in their lifetime and, as such, creates a culture of normalization and tolerance of such violence in society”. This year the plague has gained a new moniker as the “epidemic within the pandemic” given the dramatic rise in reported cases due to the lockdowns. Read more.

New encyclopedia examines gender, media and communication

International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication. Edited by Karen Ross. Now available on Wiley Online Library.

The Encyclopedia shines the spotlight on the diverse and expansive range of issues covered by gender-centered communication research from its margins in the media and communication field.  Topics include TV, film and radio histories and genres, gender representation in news, screen-based entertainment media, identity, intersectionality, social media and over 250 others. It includes an entry on the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), its origins, results, achievement and much more. 

Publication of the Encyclopedia is a first step to exposing the issues and analyses, the second is to make the full texts of this formidable publication accessible to non-paying readers. 


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