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Tabloid journalist as P.O.W: The war diaries of Dorothy Gordon Jenner


Goc, NE, Tabloid journalist as P.O.W: The war diaries of Dorothy Gordon Jenner, Media History, 19, (3) pp. 322-336. ISSN 1368-8804 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13688804.2013.820107


In 1941 Australian tabloid journalist Dorothy Gordon Jenner was caught up in the Japanese siege of Hong Kong and was incarcerated in the Stanley Internment Camp. During her internment Jenner kept a clandestine record of daily life written in pencil on Bronco brand toilet paper and kept hidden in the heels of her shoes. To date her fragmented diary and notes have defied analysis. This paper provides a reading of Jenner's personal wartime testimonio through the frame of tabloid journalism to expose how the tabloid genre - Jenner's stock-in-trade as a journalist before the war - became the framework for her personal testimony during World War II. By interpreting Jenner's private diary and notes as testimonio journalism this paper exposes the flow of the tabloid vernacular style of journalism between private and public discourses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:testimonio journalism, tabloid journalism, celebrity journalism, gossip, Stanley Internment Camp, World War Two, war diary
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Goc, NE (Dr Nicola Goc)
ID Code:85606
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-07-24
Last Modified:2018-02-17

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