18,226 First issue of «Research Reviews for Development Practitioners» out now: «Feminist and Gender Perspectives in the Literature on Media and Development» by Viviane Schönbächler

We proudly announce the start of a new publication series called “Research Reviews for Media Development Practitioners”. The reviews provide concise analyses of current research, both academic and non-academic, and discuss its practical relevance for international media assistance.

The first issue: Feminist and Gender Perspectives

The first issue is authored by Viviane Schönbächler, MEDAS 21 PhD student at Ruhr University Bochum, who made the start by reviewing “Feminist and Gender Perspectives in the Literature on Media and Development”. Here are three key findings:

  • Scientific literature on gender in media development is sparse and is mostly contributed to by feminist scholars through dedicated chapters; it is not addressed as a cross-cutting issue.
  • African Media Studies, even though an emerging field, might contribute to the broadening of media development scholarship, through, for instance, the disruption of fixed categorisations and essentialisations often present in ‘Western’ ways of thinking. Gender perspectives in African Media Studies also bring the concept of intersectionality to our attention.
  • Grey literature on women in media (development) is abundant, providing important empirical data, e.g. through the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP). However, the large number of publications offered by various (media) development actors need to be read critically, taking into account their particular normative conditions of production.

The entire research review including conclusions for practitioners is available online and free of charge at:   



The publication series has been initiated by the German “Forum for Media and Development” fome and the graduate program MEDAS 21 with the aim to inform practitioners and researchers about key debates, evidence and emerging issues in international media development. It has received funding from VolkswagenStiftung

Upcoming issues

Up next are:

  • Peace Journalism: A Tool Within Media Development? (by Fabíola Ortiz dos Santos)
  • Sustainability: Going Beyond the Buzzword (by Michel Leroy)

These reviews are currently being edited and will be released in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

Want to contribute?

Further research institutions and individuals are invited to join the initiative to expand its scope and reach! For more information, please contact ines.drefs@tu-dortmund.de

We hope you’ll enjoy the read!

Best wishes from the editorial team

Christoph Dietz, Ines Drefs, Sofie Jannusch, Guido Keel —

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