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JOUR 501 Notes: Race, culture and gender Race is a sensitive subject in the United States and our country's history of discrimination against minorities has been reflected in the media. As the text points out: “Of course, the problem is that the press does not give, nor has it ever given, a representative picture of the constituent groups in society.” To this day, most editorial decisions still are made by white males. In class, we reviewed examples of how the media treated minorities differen
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   JOUR 501 Notes:Race, culture and gender Race is a sensitive subject in the United States and our country's history of discrimination against minorities has been reected in the media.As the text points out: “f course! the prob em is that the press does not give! nor has it ever given! a representative picture of the constituent groups in society.# $o this day! most editoria decisions sti are made by %hite ma es.&n c ass! %e revie%ed examp es of ho% the media treated minorities dierent y from the majority popu ation. An egregious examp e can be found here in South (aro ina. &n %hat is ca ed the Stono Rebe ion! s aves rebe ed and ne%spapers in the state ignored the b oody act. )ecause of past discriminatory practices! most traditiona ne%s organi*ations have adopted po icies that reect greater sensitivity to minorities. $his is particu ar y true of stories invo ving crime suspects. +any ne%s organi*ations have ru es that imit racia identi,cation in such stories. $ypica y! they re-uire that racia identi,cation not be used un ess: . Race is re evant to the story. /Someone burns a cross in the yard of an African American fami y.0 1. $he description is so comp ete you cou d recogni*e the person on the street.  $he purpose of this po icy is to avoid negative racia stereotypes. As the text points out! this is important because “2negative stereotypes %i inevitab y determine ho% members of the media audience act to%ard peop e %ho are dierent from themse ves in some %ay and! perhaps! ho% those 3others4 regard themse ves.#5hi e racia sensitivity certain y can be understood and app auded! some be ieve that %e go too far to be po itica y correct. 6uoting from the text: “2eorts by some media out ets to be attractive to everybody mean that they may %e be attractive to nobody...5e are a individua s! and2this individua ity is precious7not to be submergedinto a po itica y correct or stereotypica grouping.#  5hi e in c ass %e focused primari y on race! many of the same issues can be found %ith the media's coverage of %omen! gays and esbians! as %e as other cu tures and re igions. &n many if not most cases! the majority cu ture de,nes %hat it is appropriate and the media reect that point of vie%.
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