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Representations of Political Leadership Qualities in News Coverage of Australian and Canadian Government Leaders
Angelia Wagner, Linda Trimble, Jennifer Curtin, Meagan Auer, and V.K.G. Woodman
How do the media depict the leadership abilities of government leaders, and in what ways are these depictions gendered? Does the focus of leadership evaluations change over time, reflecting the increased presence of women in top leadership roles? To answer these questions, we examined news coverage of 22 subnational government leaders in Australia and Canada, countries in which a significant number of women have achieved the premiership at the state or provincial level since 2007. Analysis demonstrates that newly elected women and men leaders receive approximately the same number of leadership evaluations. Women are assessed based on the same criteria as men. All subnational political leaders are expected to be competent, intelligent, and levelheaded. That journalists prioritize experience and strength while downplaying honesty and compassion indicates a continued emphasis on “masculine” leadership norms in politics. Yet evaluations of new premiers have emphasized the traditionally “feminine” trait of collaboration as key to effective leadership and, over time, have given more attention to likability and emotions when covering male premiers. As our analysis reveals, media conceptualizations of political leadership competencies are slowly expanding in ways that make it easier for women to be seen as effective political leaders.
Full citation: Angelia Wagner, Linda Trimble, Jennifer Curtin, Meagan Auer, & V.K.G. Woodman (2021). “Representations of Political Leadership Qualities in News Coverage of Australian and Canadian Government Leaders.” Politics & Gender 1-32 doi: 10.1017/S1743923X21000131
WebSafe: Tools for Newcomers to Counter Digital Disinformation
Justine Light and Meagan Auer
WebSafe is a set of learning resources, organized by units and modules into a comprehensive course which aims to address the knowledge and skills gaps faced by some newcomers to Canada in dealing with digital disinformation. This publication shares how the results of the community consultation undertaken expanded our understanding of what knowledge and skills gaps may exist for newcomer ELLS who encounter digital disinformation, as well as how these findings informed the development of the WebSafe materials.
Meagan Auer, Linda Trimble, Jennifer Curtin, Angelia Wagner, and V.K.G. Woodman. (2020). “Invoking the Idealized Family to Assess Political Leadership and Legitimacy: News Coverage of Australian and Canadian Premiers.” Feminist Media Studies. First published July 7, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777 .2020.1790627
Meagan Auer, John Sutcliffe, and Martha Lee. (2019). “Framing the ‘White Widow’: Using Intersectionality to Uncover Complex Representations of Female Terrorism.” Media, War & Conflict 12(3): 281-298
Linda Trimble, Jennifer Curtin, Angelia Wagner, Meagan Auer, V.K.G. Woodman and Bethan Owens. (2019). “Gender, Novelty, and Media Personalization of Australian and Canadian Premiers.” International Political Science Review 42(2): 164-178.
Linda Trimble, Meagan Auer, and Angelia Wagner. “How the media makes sense of mothers in power.” Policy Options, March 5, 2019, http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/march-2019/media-makes-sense-mothers-power/