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Title: Menace: News media and perceptions of race and crime.
Name(s): Payne, Morgan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2019-04-19
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The media plays a significant role in influencing our thoughts and beliefs. Through agenda-setting, the media shapes the perception of the public through the issues it chooses to cover, how it chooses to cover them, and the frequency at which it chooses to cover them. News media has been proven to often overrepresent minority groups as criminals and lawbreakers, imprinting these beliefs onto those who view these portrayals and making the “issue” of race and crime salient in the minds of the public. These subtle, yet impactful, negative portrayals influence racial relations and public opinion in meaningful ways. This study seeks to build upon current racial scholarship by further investigating the relationship between news media and its effect on racial attitudes. This report explored the effects of news media consumption on racial attitudes through a 2 (Black or White participant) x 3 (Black, White, or non-specific target suspect race) experiment (n=147). Results revealed that despite exposure to different racial news primes and varying levels of news media consumption, participants did not differ significantly in regard to modern racism scores. Results also showed that level of news media consumption did impact crime-related anxiety and intercultural communication apprehension.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1556306447_6bd43104 (IID)
Keywords: Agenda setting, framing, stereotyping, media effects, race, experiment
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Host Institution: FSU

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Payne, M. (2019). Menace: News media and perceptions of race and crime. Retrieved from