ERIC Number: ED126877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
"Voiceless" Groups in the Twin Cities Community: Programming Needs of Some of Public Television's Non-Audiences.
Walker, Orville C., Jr.; And Others
In order to demonstrate to the Federal Communications Commission that they were serving the needs of the public the two public television stations in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota) commissioned an interview study of "voiceless" groups in the community. The first step was to identify those groups which had common problems but were without formal organization or spokesmen. The study identified three groups relative to mainstream society: (1) "past-in, future-out"--the elderly, deaf, and mental patients; (2) "past-in, future-in"--runaways, unwed mothers, prisoners, and victims of venereal diseases; (3) "past-out, future-out"--racial minorities, the disabled, and contemporary nuns. The first group had the greatest needs: ways of coping with new or reduced circumstances, sign language programs, and entertainment intended for the elderly. The second group saw a need for programs that would inform the public about their particular problems. The third group wanted television used to combat misconceptions and prejudices about their people. A common theme was the need for television portrayal of successful models of people in all three categories. Appendixes contain group interview outlines and highlights. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carolyn Foundation, Minneapolis, Minn.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Graduate School of Business Administration.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; Minnesota (Minneapolis); Minnesota (Saint Paul)