Title

How print media dealt with racism in the United States

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Melony Shemberger

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The media plays a key role through its informative and educative functions. However, the media's greatest impact lies in its agenda-setting ability considering its aptitude to shape the public's perceptions and amplify what qualifies as vital. The period between the 1950s and 1960 is especially critical in the history of the quest for equality characterized by protests against the heightened racial discrimination. The study is anchored on the agenda-setting theory underlining the hypothesis that the newspapers' coverage of the assassination was biased and perpetrated racism either through under-coverage or misrepresentation of facts.

Fall Scholars Week 2018 Event

Journalism & Media History Symposium

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How print media dealt with racism in the United States

The media plays a key role through its informative and educative functions. However, the media's greatest impact lies in its agenda-setting ability considering its aptitude to shape the public's perceptions and amplify what qualifies as vital. The period between the 1950s and 1960 is especially critical in the history of the quest for equality characterized by protests against the heightened racial discrimination. The study is anchored on the agenda-setting theory underlining the hypothesis that the newspapers' coverage of the assassination was biased and perpetrated racism either through under-coverage or misrepresentation of facts.