ERIC Number: ED374435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
How JMC Education Rates in Its Efforts to Sensitize Students to Ableism Issues.
A study examined to what extent journalism/mass communication education is attempting to sensitize students to covering people with disabilities in comparison to what it is doing in regard to addressing diversity issues concerning race, gender and sexual orientation. Two hypotheses were proposed: (1) that academic institutions accredited by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication will have done significantly more than unaccredited programs to sensitize students to reporting about people with disabilities; (2) that both accredited and unaccredited programs will have given more emphasis to issues of race and gender than to issues of sexual orientation and "ableism." A 34-item questionnaire was distributed to 392 programs; 216 responses were received. Research results supported both hypotheses. In general, the study found that Journalism/Mass Communication programs were not doing as good a job emphasizing reporting about people with disabilities as they were emphasizing reporting about minorities covered by Standard 12: racial and ethnic minorities and women. Programs were emphasizing ableism even less than they were emphasizing gay/lesbian stereotypes. While accredited programs were doing a much better job than unaccredited schools in furthering the goals of Standard 12, they were not doing much better in emphasizing coverage of people with disabilities and gays/lesbians. Issues about ableism have a long way to go before they get the attention they deserve. (Contains 23 references and 3 tables.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (77th, Atlanta, GA, August 10-13, 1994).