Race and the news: Coverage of martin luther king day and dia de los muertos in two california dailies

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Abstract

News coverage of multicultural celebrations has been categorized as stereotypical and apolitical—portraying racial minorities in festive, non-threatening ways that appeal to Anglo audiences without challenging the political system that oppresses people of color. Analyzing 10 years of Martin Luther King Day and Day of the Dead celebration coverage in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, this paper concludes that a significant number of celebration stories discuss serious political issues affecting people of color in ways that contradict the assumptions of racial equality and peaceful coexistence generally associated with multicultural projects. Because of the “sphere of consensus” status of these “soft” news stories, non-elite sources and oppositional perspectives are prominent in ways that are not typical of “hard” political news.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)925-944
Number of pages20
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication

Keywords

  • Multiculturalism
  • Non-elite sources
  • Public rituals
  • Race in the news
  • Racial stereotypes
  • Soft news
  • Sphere of consensus

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