Event Title

Media’s Depiction of the Black Lives Matter Activism

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

18-4-2016 1:05 PM

End Date

18-4-2016 2:05 PM

Student's Major

Gender and Women's Studies

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Shannon Miller

Mentor's Department

Gender and Women's Studies

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a modern activist movement against state sanctioned violence towards black people. The movement has created many varying opinions, receiving plenty of news coverage. Some argue that mainstream media does not accurately depict or represent the goals of the movement which are hoping to restore freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people, as well as to acknowledge, respect and celebrate differences. For this study, we will analyze multiple articles from MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Huffington Post, and The New York Times from October 2015 to February 2016. We analyze print news, and our initial findings show that there are conflicting accounts of the BLM movement. We find that the misleading depiction and language used within this media furthers misunderstandings. This movement requires critical analysis due to it complexity, allowing for other perspectives and voices to be acknowledged properly. The language writers use influence consumers' opinions of the BLM movement. This research will allow us to better understand how the media depicts and portrays the BLM movement.

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Media’s Depiction of the Black Lives Matter Activism

CSU 201

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a modern activist movement against state sanctioned violence towards black people. The movement has created many varying opinions, receiving plenty of news coverage. Some argue that mainstream media does not accurately depict or represent the goals of the movement which are hoping to restore freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people, as well as to acknowledge, respect and celebrate differences. For this study, we will analyze multiple articles from MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Huffington Post, and The New York Times from October 2015 to February 2016. We analyze print news, and our initial findings show that there are conflicting accounts of the BLM movement. We find that the misleading depiction and language used within this media furthers misunderstandings. This movement requires critical analysis due to it complexity, allowing for other perspectives and voices to be acknowledged properly. The language writers use influence consumers' opinions of the BLM movement. This research will allow us to better understand how the media depicts and portrays the BLM movement.

Recommended Citation

Heinrich, Paige; Janelle Brown; Matthew Danielson; and Courtney Fisher. "Media’s Depiction of the Black Lives Matter Activism." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 18, 2016.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2016/oral-session-08/2