Title

Unprofessional, Ineffective, and Weak: A Textual Analysis of the Portrayal of Female Journalists on 'Sports Night'

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2012

Publication Source

Journal of Mass Media Ethics

Abstract

This study investigates the portrayal of five female journalists on the Aaron Sorkin television series Sports Night. The women were depicted as acting unprofessionally, displaying motherly qualities, choosing their personal lives over work, being deferential to men for ethical decisions, and showing a lack of sports knowledge compared to the male characters. The researchers use social responsibility theory to suggest why these portrayals were ethically problematic.

Inclusive pages

248-262

ISBN/ISSN

0890-0523

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Volume

27

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes