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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Haynes, Jasmine Elise
Author's Email Address jhayne9@lsu.edu
URN etd-07092010-102940
Title The Role of Race in Television News Coverage of Shortcomings in U.S. Secondary Education
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McNealy, Jasmine Committee Chair
Freeman, Craig Committee Member
Sanders, Meghan Committee Member
  • cultural and political forces
  • symbolic racism
Date of Defense 2010-07-06
Availability unrestricted
Scholars and news media alike acknowledge that one of the main problems in education today is the minority achievement gaps in national testing. Although many education scholars have compiled several in-depth reasons as to why minorities, particularly African-American students, seem to generally lag behind their white counterparts, television news fails to give itís audiences a comprehensive view of why minority achievement gaps are so prevalent in United States secondary public education. The purpose of this study was to examine where news consumers perceive television news places blame for problems in public education with regards to race. Studying how people perceive where television news places blame for minority gaps in academic achievement will build on the arguments of previous research that minorities are underrepresented as victims of social and political problems.

Through a descriptive online survey of quantitative responses, this study assesses respondentsí political affiliations and perspectives, their views on race, racial achievement gaps and television news coverage of those gaps. This study will discuss some of the major research on why African-Americans and other minorities struggle with academic achievement more than Whites and how television news rarely, if ever, covers these issues nor provide context to stories on African-Americans and education.

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