Seen but unseen : Missing visible Indigenous women and what it means for leadership in Indigenous Australia

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Ryan, Tess. (2016). Seen but unseen : Missing visible Indigenous women and what it means for leadership in Indigenous Australia. Platform : Journal of Media and Communication. 7(ANZCA Special Issue), pp. 26-34.
AuthorsRyan, Tess
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This paper reports on an investigation of media representation of Indigenous women’s leadership in Australia. A plethora of strong Indigenous women are currently involved in leading roles, affecting policy and contributing in the areas of health, education, science and communication spheres. However, this paper contends that contemporary mainstream media seem oblivious to or ignore this fact, and only seem to report on a few select individuals. Conversely, the sphere of digital and social media is saturated with a number of highly visible Indigenous women. Why is there a disconnection between what journalists report on and what is happening for Indigenous women, and why does there appear a disconnection within commercial outlets when a picture is emerging in social media full of fascinating, influential Indigenous women? This paper investigates, from an Indigenous standpoint, the role of leading Indigenous women who are currently affecting change within Australian society. It also investigates why there is a lack of media coverage of these women, why reporting is steeped in negativity, and why the few that are reported on seem so appealing to news agencies. The paper concludes that influential Indigenous women in leadership roles are not given positive coverage in mainstream media, and this thereby inhibits their further contribution to the Australian media sphere.

Year2016
JournalPlatform : Journal of Media and Communication
Journal citation7 (ANZCA Special Issue), pp. 26-34
PublisherSchool of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne
ISSN1836-5132
Web address (URL)https://platformjmc.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/tryan_seenbutunseen_fullpaper.pdf
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