M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Newspapers; Press coverage; Minorities
The purpose was to identify how positively minority groups and non minority groups are depicted in the American print media. Fifty-two editions each of USA Today and The Wall Street Journal published during 2000 were rated for how positively and negatively minority and non-minority groups were portrayed. Two raters completed a questionnaire, identifying 1,144 newspaper stories and providing 1,626 ratings of minority and/or non-minority groups. Descriptive data and correlational results were calculated. No relationship between socioeconomic status of readership and positive presentation of group or minority/non-minority group membership and positive presentation of group were found. However, it was found that non-minority white males were overrepresented in newspaper stories and that stories about gay men and lesbian women and disabled people and groups were very rare.
Saridakis, Susan Guthrie Chang, "What's on page one? how minorities are depicted in the national print press" (2001). Theses and Dissertations. 1602.