Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social and Political Enquiries, ICISPE 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

Journalism Politics and Women's Issues: Portraits of Reporting Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Media South Kalimantan

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2321410,
        author={Sri  Astuty and Yuwanto  Yuwanto and Laila Kholid  Alfirdaus and Bachruddin Ali  Akhmad},
        title={Journalism Politics and Women's Issues: Portraits of Reporting Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Media South Kalimantan },
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Social and Political Enquiries, ICISPE 2021, 14-15 September 2021, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICISPE},
        year={2022},
        month={9},
        keywords={journalism women local media media political economy covid-19 pandemic},
        doi={10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2321410}
    }
    
  • Sri Astuty
    Yuwanto Yuwanto
    Laila Kholid Alfirdaus
    Bachruddin Ali Akhmad
    Year: 2022
    Journalism Politics and Women's Issues: Portraits of Reporting Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Media South Kalimantan
    ICISPE
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-9-2021.2321410
Sri Astuty1,*, Yuwanto Yuwanto1, Laila Kholid Alfirdaus1, Bachruddin Ali Akhmad2
  • 1: Universitas Diponegoro
  • 2: Universitas Lambung Mangkurat
*Contact email: astutysri30@yahoo.co.id

Abstract

Studies on women and journalism during the COVID-19 pandemic have not received much attention. The perspective built-in various media reports still tend to be gender-neutral. Even if they get a portion of the news, the focus is more directed at women as objects, in this case, the recipients of social assistance. Meanwhile, women are heavily involved in social work handling COVID-19, by becoming health workers. Not a few are still working amidst the risk of transmitting the virus to support the family economy. In many places, women are also involved in neighborhood-based social work to support survivors and their families. This paper criticizes the media framing of women in pandemic journalism. This paper is based on qualitative research with content analysis and in-depth interviews as data collection methods. This paper sees that women in media coverage during a pandemic are not fully portrayed with their important roles in society. Women are only used as casual objects (spot news) without meaningful constructive framing.