Teaching Resources

The Global Media Monitoring Project, GMMP offers a pedagogic tool for discussing gender representation but also other issues related to news agendas. It can be used to analyze a specific news week in one medium or to compare different media – say, main TV news with Twitter or a national daily with a local one. Previous reports offer possibilities for longitudinal and global comparisons. The coding kit and instructions are open access and offer easier and more extensive options for quantitative and qualitative content analysis.

The GMMP team has collected a list of free resources for teaching that they and their partners offer, available here. See also below for other teaching resources.

In short, for teaching purposes, you can make the GMMP your own by modifying it to suit your topic. The methods are straightforward, and can be eye-opening.

For broader, conceptual ideas, please see this text: Padovani, C. & Ross, K. (2020). ‘Ideas for gender-transformative futures of education in the digital age’. In Humanist Futures: Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks on the futures of education. Paris, UNESCO, pp. 153-160.

This guide includes are two practical ideas of how to utilize the GMMP in the classroom:

● A powerful illustration. Discuss the GMMP findings on gender inequalities with a focus of your choice.
● From research to praxis. Code (a number) of stories: what does the method reveal and what does it not reveal? Envision how to turn the data you gathered into practical policies, activism, or advocacy efforts.

This resource offers an opportunity to engage the students with a full-fledged quantitative and qualitative content analysis, with original material.
The resource can be used as a course-long illustration and discussion prompt for journalism, political science, or gender studies course, or as one example in a methods-oriented course.

The podcast by Märta Nummenmaa (work for the course Media, Activism and Social Change, 2020). An excellent background resource for discussion.

The report by Anna Björkqvist for the course Media, Activism and Social Change (2020) combines easily accessible videos on the social media platform Youtube with academic studies and connects GMMP and gendered issues related to the media representation in a diverse way.