Race and Ethnicity in Local Television News: Framing, Story Assignments, and Source Selections

Poindexter, Paula M.; Smith, Laura; Heider, Don
December 2003
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p524
Academic Journal
Because local television has become the primary source for news, this study examined race and ethnicity in news stories, story assignments, and source selections. A content analysis of local newscasts found Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans were virtually invisible as anchors, reporters, and subjects in the news. Although African Americans anchored and reported the news in some markets, overall there was segregation in story assignments. Rarely were Latinos, Asian Americans, or Native Americans interviewed as news sources. African Americans were used as news sources more than other racial and ethnic groups when 2 or more people were interviewed.


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