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Newspapers And Their Relationship To The Black Agenda, Dexter D. Eure Sr. Jun 1987

Newspapers And Their Relationship To The Black Agenda, Dexter D. Eure Sr.

Trotter Review

The news media, by print or electronics, influences and shapes society's attitudes; it is essential then, if not vital, that the media accurately reflect every aspect of our society - including the good, the bad, and the ugly. By keeping this nation - as well as the world - in its proper context, we can better understand - and thus better solve - the problems that envelop us, such as racism, sexism, unemployment, hazardous waste, and the consequences of a nuclear meltdown.

To help present an accurate picture of who we are and what's happening around us, the news media need input from ...


"Street Cop" Is Not Street-Smart, Kirk A. Johnson Jun 1987

"Street Cop" Is Not Street-Smart, Kirk A. Johnson

Trotter Review

"Frontline," the award-winnnng WGBH-TV series, is airing a nationally televised special on the war against street drugs. The show, called "Street Cop," takes viewers to Boston's inner city for fifty minutes of heart-pumping violence. We see the police take a sledgehammer to an apartment door in search of drugs as the women and children inside scream in wide-eyed terror. We watch police officers wrestle a young man to the pavement over a suspected drug deal, and we feel the tension mount during a domestic argument until in the confusion a woman is arrested for throwing what an officer thought ...


Editor [Submitted To A Boston Daily], Mary Helen Washington Jun 1987

Editor [Submitted To A Boston Daily], Mary Helen Washington

Trotter Review

Many people in the black community (I among them) strongly object to the "Frontline" documentary, "Street Cop," which was shown on Channel 2 on March 31. But I have even stronger objections to Ed Siegel's review of "Street Cop," which commends the show as "street smart" and dismisses all the serious criticisms of the show from the black community as "not convincing." I am not exactly sure why "street smart" has such a sterling quality for Siegel, but it is disturbing that such a criterion would take precedent over the criticisms that the program stereotypes blacks and Hispanics and ...


Boston School Desegregation: The Fallowness Of Common Ground, Robert A. Dentler Jun 1987

Boston School Desegregation: The Fallowness Of Common Ground, Robert A. Dentler

Trotter Review

This essay scrutinizes the book by J Anthony Lukas, Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, to assess whether it presents a valid and reliable account of the issues, people, and events it chronicles. The substantive core of the book is shown to be the politics of Boston public school desegregation. The parts played by the three families in this event are dramatically portrayed but cannot be corroborated and are not interpreted. The parts played by five major policy leaders, when tested against other evidence, are found to be distorted, questionable legends woven in order ...


Media Images And Racial Stereotyping, Kirk A. Johnson Jun 1987

Media Images And Racial Stereotyping, Kirk A. Johnson

Trotter Review

To better understand how the local media portray Boston's black community, I monitored news reports from a sample of newspapers and radio and television stations for one month during the summer of 1986. I noted the roles blacks played, the activities blacks were shown to be engaged in, and the events that brought blacks into the news. By comparing the portrayal of blacks in Boston's major media with portrayals in the black media, I sought to understand the criteria that reporters and editors use to judge the newsworthiness of items relating to the black community, and to determine ...


Communication Media Manipulation Of American-Japanese Relations, Shirley Baker Apr 1987

Communication Media Manipulation Of American-Japanese Relations, Shirley Baker

Communication Studies Undergraduate Theses

America’s initial diplomatic encounter with Japan proved to be a prophetic view of the relationships that would follow between the countries. In the mid-1800s, international understanding was hindered because America’s ambitions served expansionist interests and not intercultural education. Multiple communication avenues alienated the two countries rather than constructed paths toward mutual appreciation. Diplomatic communique, business reports, and sailors' letters misrepresented the Japanese social system. The tragedy of America’s blindness in relationship to Japan's people and culture produced a national attitude of racism, an attitude that has promoted selective interpretation since the 1800s. Various selective processes were ...


Black Newspapers Effect On Public Opinion In The Black Community: A Study Of One Southside Chicago Community, Eugene Maxwell Jr. Apr 1987

Black Newspapers Effect On Public Opinion In The Black Community: A Study Of One Southside Chicago Community, Eugene Maxwell Jr.

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

A thesis presented to the faculty of the Department of Communications at Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for\ the Degree of Master of Arts by Eugene Maxwell, Jr. on April 1, 1987.