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    Women in community radio: a framework of gendered participation

    O'Brien, Anne (2019) Women in community radio: a framework of gendered participation. Feminist Media Studies, 19 (6). pp. 787-802. ISSN 1468-0777

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    Women’s participation in community radio is examined through a case study of Ireland, with data gathered by survey, interviews and a focus group. Key findings note that women are under-represented as participants in community radio, but there is little activity within the sector to address this imbalance. Similarly, women’s voices are absent from community airwaves but this is framed through a limited understanding women lacking on-air confidence. Solutions to the problem were limited to individual stations rather than approached in a collective manner. There was no sense of women’s voices on air being a priority issue for stations, for the sector, nor for the national regulatory body. With regard to content, stations largely tended to produce “islands” of specialist women’s programmes but there was a sense that women produced content in ways that were not normative and were explicitly linked to gender. Gendered social structures, as well as organisational structures within community radio, constituted further barriers to women’s equal participation in community radio in Ireland. Finally, the presence of women as role models, sponsors, and managers, who were relational in their approach, was key gendered benefits that women derived from their participation in community radio.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Anne O’Brien (2019) Women in community radio: a framework of gendered participation, Feminist Media Studies, 19:6, 787-802, DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2018.1508051
    Keywords: Community radio; gender; presenters; content; participation; Motherhood Project;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 14122
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    Depositing User: Anne O'Brien
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 15:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Media Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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