The Third World Near You: The View from Outside
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
Monday, March 31
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 251
Sponsored By: Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy - Doisy College of Health Sciences and Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice - College of Public Health & Social Justice
Perceptions of communities are often shaped by the way those communities are portrayed by media coverage. This panel reports results of a qualitative content analysis of local media coverage of north St. Louis. Working in collaboration with Alderman Antonio French, the project involved a review of four weeks of news coverage focused on characterizations presented by local news reporters. The research team analyzed language and topical themes that create the narrative to describe the North St. Louis community. Panel members examined the extent to which media depictions from outside captured the experiences and realities discussed by local community members. Panel discussion will focus on how media creates and influences community perceptions and the impact and implications of these media narratives on the well-being of the community.