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Early in January 1994, more than 70 University of Colorado faculty, including all of the deans, asked president Judith Albino to resign. Albino, however, refused to resign, and later, the Board of regents voted 5-4 to turn down the resolution demanding her resignation; it also ordered a review of Albino's tenure as chief administrator. A study examined the coverage of the gender-based issues of the Albino controversy in seven issues of the three major newspapers in the Boulder-Denver area: the "Rocky-Mountain News," the "Denver Post," and the "Daily Camera." A discursive and nondiscursive analysis of articles in these papers showed that gender was not defined as a key issue in the news discourse. Only the "News" allotted a separate news story which suggested gender as an issue within the story, although the claim was refuted and dismissed rather than investigated. The "Post" failed to even print State Representative Vi June's charges that Albino was asked to resign because of gender-based biases. Further, each time gender became an issue in the newspapers, it was introduced and discussed by women, suggesting that news agencies continue to see gender as a "women's issue." The study's central finding, that gender, when not investigated directly, enters the news discourse through the back door, confirms much research already done on women and journalism. Gender is not a category overtly explored in the analysis of power and politics in the news. (Contains 25 references.) (TB)

Descriptors: Case Studies, College Presidents, Discourse Analysis, Females, Higher Education, Journalism, Newspapers, Sex Bias, Sex Role, Women Administrators

Autor: Shaw, David; Clark, Lynn Schofield


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