The toolkit is designed as a flexible set of resources that can be used in many situations.

It consists of :

  • a DVD with :
    • clips from current television programmes to illustrate patterns of gender portrayal
    • specially produced video examples of interview styles and reporting styles
  • written text that includes recent research data and discussion questions
  • a trainers’ manual

Structure of the Toolkit

The materials are assembled around eight modules, each of which deals with a different aspect of gender, politics and television. The modules consist of video clips - from Finland, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom - an introduction to some of the issues involved, and discussion questions that can be used to focus debate. The video clips are on the DVD that is included in this package. Where appropriate, the text contains a selection of facts and figures related to the topic of each module.

Each of the eight modules consists of the following components:

Issues for broadcasters

An introduction to the issues that the module raises for programme-makers, journalists and media managers. This is intended to give you, the trainer, more insight into the topic and help you introduce it to the trainees.

Video clips

The video clips were compiled from recent television output. They illustrate various aspects of the subject covered in the module. These clips are the core of the toolkit in that they link the topics of each module to the trainees' day-to-day professional experience and knowledge. Starting with a brief introduction to the module and immediately showing the video clips (if necessary more than once) is a good way to engage the trainees' interest in the topic. The video clips are on the DVD.

Discussion questions

The goal of the discussion questions is to focus thinking on the journalistic and programme-making issues that immediately emerge in relation to each of the modules. So the discussion questions will work most effectively after the video clips have been shown. They can be followed, if time permits, by a more intensive work assignment - for example involving research, writing or production.

Fact and figures

Some of the modules include statistics and research findings that relate to the subjects covered in the introductory issues section. They contain references to which you can direct trainees for further research and reading