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A Look at Minorities in the Media: Fierce Tigers

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Cathryn Walker

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Transcript of A Look at Minorities in the Media: Fierce Tigers

Group 1: Final Assignment A Look at Minorities
in the Media Do... Looking towards the Future Grading Scale Our Grades A - [New York Times] Tattoos in the Workplace
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/fashion/tattoos-peek-out-at-offices-but-only-at-some.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1& Responsibly cover diversity in the news regardless of your own race as the reporter. Do... Have a wide variety of races working in and out of the newsroom. When picking sources, try to cover all races equally and fairly. Do... Show multiple images of an under-represented group to help educate the public instead of destroying a person's perception of the under-represented group Do... Stay up to date and progressive with race and ethnicity relations in society. Do... Make sure you equally represent different age groups. Has Obama reconstructed the image of African Americans in the news? A - The story does an excellent job at creative diverse perspective to covering majorities and minorities appropriately, avoiding stereotypical tendencies and subjects in reporting.

B - The story does a good job at representing diversity but there are still minor holes in coverage that could read as stereotypical.

C - The story does an average job by adhering to respectful coverage but the subject matter and placement that is what you would expect to see in today's news concerning minorities.

D - The story represents minorities at their most stereotypical but the coverage can be balanced out with ethical reasons for reporting on that particular story.

F - The story is completely biased and discriminatory toward minorities stereotypes groups and individuals without any real reason other than the "convenience" of creating a perpetual cycle by pushing forth discriminatory imagery. B - [BuzzFeed] Ex-Inmate Black Man
http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/30-inspiring-portraits-of-the-people-of-boston C - [Huffington Post] Chinese Victim
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/lu-lingzi-boston-marathon-bombing_n_3100349.html?utm_hp_ref=crime D - [CNN] Boston Marathon Suspect
http://www.buzzfeed.com/dorsey/cnns-jaw-droppingly-awful-hour-of-boston-bombing-coverage
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/17/us/boston-blasts/ F - [Millenials and News] Native Americans
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/us/as-american-indians-move-to-cities-old-and-new-challenges-follow.html?_r=0 Don't... Hold the assumption that including one or two black sources in your story makes it diverse. Don't... Don't focus on one group when it comes to certain issues. This may cause stereotyping. Don't holistically portray just one aspect of a minority; cover all aspects. Don't... Don't assume everything will change drastically once you instill a 'resolution'. Things take time. Don't... Do not emphasize "poverty". "The news media is ...often slow to adjust to changing realities" Don't... Recommendations You cannot cover an under-represented group and stereotype them as well. It further misrepresents the community Theory: Gate-keeping
Timeline Point: 1978 - ASNE adopts a resolution for racial parity in newsroom
Documentary: Black in America
Interview: Glenn Frankel
Readings
African American Images in the Media
"Race and Poverty in America"
"Portrayal and Perception"
"Race and Ethnicity in Local Television" "Journalists have a responsibility to truth and accuracy and to keep up with the vast changes that are going on in society. America doesn't look like a white boys' club anymore. It never really did."
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