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3rd Annual Invitational Journalism-Work/Family Conference
Boston University
College of Communication
Brandeis University
Community, Families & Work Program
May 20-21, 2004

2004 Conference Program: Schedule, Participants

We are in the midst of major demographic changes – more of us are living longer, having fewer children, living in dual-earner couples, and combining work and family roles. These changes affect all aspects of our lives. Yet many of the ramifications of these new demographics are poorly understood. Research findings on decreased fertility, cohabitation, changes in gender roles, and the graying of America affect the realities of contemporary family life. These issues need special attention by the media. Without such empirical input, there is a real risk that media coverage of these work-family issues will be unduly influenced by ideologically driven positions. We owe it to working families confronting new and often daunting challenges to provide them with the most objective and reliable information possible. The third annual invitational Journalism-Work/family conference is one vehicle for getting important information to the media and for researchers to learn from journalists how to increase the likelihood that their findings will reach the widest possible audience.

Rosalind Chait Barnett, Ph.D. and Caryl Rivers, M.S.


2004 Conference Papers

Session I: Demographic Trends

Philip Morgan, Duke University. Paper, Powerpoint
Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University. Paper, Powerpoint
Irene Padavic, Florida State University. Paper, Powerpoint

Session II: Gender Similarities and Differences

Rosalind Chait Barnett, Brandeis University. Paper, Powerpoint
Jeffrey Greenhaus, Drexel University. Paper, Powerpoint
Joan Williams, American University.. Paper, Powerpoint

Session III: The Graying of America

Eileen Appelbaum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Jeff Wenger, University of Georgia. Paper, Powerpoint
Phyllis Mutschler, Brandeis University. Paper, Powerpoint
Eliza Pavalko, Indiana University. Paper, Powerpoint