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Author Alwood, Edward.

Title Straight news : gays, lesbians, and the news media / Edward Alwood
Published New York ; [Great Britain] : Columbia University Press, [1996]


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 W'PONDS  305.9 Alw/Sng  AVAILABLE
Description xviii, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Between men - between women
Between men--between women.
Contents Pt. I. The News Media Discover Homosexuality: World War II to Stonewall, 1943-1969. 1. A Community Discovers Itself. 2. Out of the Shadows. 3. Becoming Front-Page News. 4. Covering Stonewall -- Pt. 2. Progress and Backlash, 1970-1980. 5. Gay News, Straight Media. 6. Becoming Visible. 7. TV Becomes a Battleground. 8. Working in Newspapers. 9. Gay Power, Gay Politics. 10. Lessons from the Ramrod -- Pt. 3. Requiem for the Media, 1981-1994. 11. Responding to AIDS. 12. THe Experience of AIDS. 13. The Consequences of Outing. 14. The '90s and Beyond
Summary From the flurry of reportage on alleged homosexual depravity in the 1950s to the growing sensitivity to the AIDS epidemic, symbolized by broadcast journalist Paul Wynne's seven-month coverage of his own illness on San Francisco television, Straight News traces the stories that made the cut and the changing attitudes toward gay issues that they represent. In addition, Alwood examines major stories that received scant attention in the mainstream media - such as the Stonewall rebellion of 1969 and the mass murder at New York's Ramrod bar in 1980 - throwing light on the ways in which news stories are generated, assigned, and edited, and how the process of deciding what's news and what's not has historically led to the exclusion of gay and lesbian voices and concerns. Straight News also explores how lesbian and gay journalists have fared in the nation's newsrooms. Drawing on a series of interviews, Alwood documents the struggles of closeted journalists to keep their personal lives private when disclosure would have jeopardized their careers. He points to the recent emergence and growing acceptance of openly gay journalists in the mainstream media, including Randy Shilts of the San Francisco Chronicle and Linda Villarosa, the executive editor at Essence, who announced her lesbianism in a 1991 article. Throughout the book, Alwood provides a far-reaching historical review of the attempts in the gay community to gain responsible news coverage and describes efforts to create an independent voice in a lesbian and gay press, from the Mattachine Review to the Advocate
Analysis Gays
Mass media and sex
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Gays -- United States.
Lesbians in mass media.
Lesbians -- United States.
Mass media and gays.
Mass media and sex.
LC no. 96000526
ISBN 0231084366