ERIC Number: ED189641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Race Relations in News Magazines.
Stroman, Carolyn A.
A content analysis was made of all issues of "Newsweek,""Time," and "U. S. News and World Report" published during 1978 to identify the picture of race relations that was presented to the public. Among the findings were the following: (1) "Newsweek" gave the most well-rounded coverage, "U. S. News" gave the most interpretive coverage, and "Time" presented the least cohesive picture of the status of race relations; (2) race relations was given a generally low level of attention ("U. S. News" was the only magazine that carried more race-related news than sports news); (3) more than one-third of the race-related stories dealt with the theme of reverse discrimination in education and employment, with the Supreme Court's decision in "Bakke v Regents of University of California" receiving more coverage than any other event; and (4) although the magazines identified serious racial problems, their overall coverage suggested that racial problems were minimal or nonexistent. It was concluded that the news magazines, especially "Time," failed to communicate an understanding of the underlying dynamics of race relations and of the importance of eradicating racial discrimination. (GT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-13, 1980).