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ERIC Number: ED391183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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The Importance of Minority Role Models in Higher Education Mass Communication Curriculum.
Reppert, James E.
The broadcast journalism sequence at Southern Arkansas University allows African-American students as many opportunities as possible to review role models from different perspectives. The school has an enrollment of 18% Black students. Each area studied in the introduction to mass media course involves sections dealing with multicultural and African-American perspectives on matters relating to broadcasting. In this regard, television is an essential teaching tool because it refracts many societal concerns and effects. Controversial issues of public importance involving the African-American community can be shown and discussed with students, in addition to serving as a jumping-off point for research papers. A number of TV clips can be used to illustrate these points, such as: (1) the death of Arthur Ashe, who was buried in Richmond, Virginia, brings up important reporting ethical questions for students; (2) music performed by some African-American musical groups such as 2 Live Crew raise questions about censorship; (3) coverage of the Los Angeles riots raise critical questions about the media's cultural orientation; and (4) a look at how the media in the 1960s treated a figure like Malcolm X exposes students to a figure they have probably seldom seen. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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