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ERIC Number: ED310460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
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African-American Picture Coverage in "Life,""Newsweek," and "Time," 1937-1988.
Lester, Paul; Smith, Ron
A study explored whether the pictorial coverage of African-Americans in three national magazines (Life, Newsweek, and Time) has increased over time, whether the content categories of those pictures has changed, and whether the picture percentage for African-Americans has approached their percentage of the population (11%). Content analysis of pictures was performed at five-year intervals for the years 1937 to 1988, checking for African-American presence in covers, and in pictures related to everyday life, prominent persons, social commentary, advertisements, entertainment, sports, and crime. Findings included: (1) the African-American percentage has increased from an average low for all three magazines of 1.1% in 1942 to an average high of 8.8% in 1988; and (2) the increase is due largely to dramatic increases in everyday life, prominent person, and advertisement subject categories. This trend indicates the way the American media have evolved--from the stereotypical coverage of 50 years ago, towards more sensitivity on the part of editors to showing African-Americans as equal members of society, a trend which should be encouraged. (Five tables of data, 8 figures, and 25 notes are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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