Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam by Jeannine Baker

By Jeannine Baker

Why do Australians be aware of the names of Charles Bean, Alan Moorehead and Chester Wilmot, yet now not Agnes Macready, Anne Matheson and Lorraine Stumm?
 
This is the hidden tale of Australian and New Zealand ladies battle newshounds who fought for equality with their male colleagues and filed tales from the most conflicts of the 20th century.
 
In Australian girls warfare Reporters, Jeannine Baker presents a much-needed account of the pioneering ladies who pronounced from the most important conflicts of the 20 th century. girls coated the South African battle on the flip of the century, and Louise Mack witnessed the autumn of Antwerp in 1914. Others such Anne Matheson, Lorraine Stumm and Kate Webb wrote approximately momentous occasions together with the increase of Nazism, the liberation of the focus camps, the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the chilly conflict conflicts in Korea and Southeast Asia. those ladies carved a direction for brand spanking new generations of lady international correspondents who've outfitted upon their legacy.
 
Jeannine Baker deftly attracts out the hyperlinks among the studies of those girls and the modern realities confronted by way of girls reporters of struggle, together with Monica Attard and Ginny Stein, permitting us to work out either in a brand new light.

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The frequent assertion that journalists were born, not made, was usually applied only to men – women journalists to some extent have always been considered anomalous. Most male working journalists were conventionally trained via on-the-job blooding, sometimes supplemented by cadet training; cadetships in general reporting were rarely available to women before World War II. Largely excluded from the conventional training grounds, women often sought alternative pathways into journalism. Most began as casual contributors, often writing under a pseudonym, in the hope it would lead to employment on the journalistic staff.

The often peripheral and temporary position accorded women in newspaper offices means they are hard to trace from a temporal distance. By-lines were not common practice in quality Australian newspapers until after World War II, and women journalists were even less likely than men to be identified by their real name. Despite their comparative invisibility in the historical record, however, Australian women were entering journalism in increasing numbers in the decades leading up to World War II. The frequent assertion that journalists were born, not made, was usually applied only to men – women journalists to some extent have always been considered anomalous.

By 1930 diploma journalism courses were running at the universities of Western Australia, Sydney, Queensland and Melbourne, but the number of graduates remained small. indd 40 26/08/2015 1:50 pm Breaking out of the women’s pages assumed to be instinctive. At the University of Sydney in 1928, two years after the course’s introduction, academics were dismayed to discover that the small number of enrolled students had been drawn not from the ranks of working journalists but from those hoping to gain a position in a newspaper office, the majority of whom were ‘young ladies’.

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