Minorities and Media is a highly readable analysis of the ways in which the mass media have portrayed minorities in the United States since the late nineteenth century. The book examines the ways in which the media have reinforced racial stereotypes, and provides an analysis of current trends which reflect the growing recognition of ethnic diversity. The authors conclude that the increasing racial diversity of the United States and continued audience segmentation will reduce the role of communication media in transmitting and developing the common culture of American society.
Clint C. Wilson II, EdD is professor of Journalism at the Howard University School of Communications and graduate professor in its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A recipient of the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Wilson has published scholarly work on the relationship between people of color and mainstream general circulation media in Journalism Educator, Columbia Journalism Review, Quill, and Change. His professional journalism career includes work for various news media organizations, including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, St. Petersburg Times, USA Today.com and the Los Angeles Sentinel.
Félix F. Gutiérrez, PhD, is professor of Journalism and Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and professor of American Studies and Ethnicity in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. A former senior vice president of the Newseum and Freedom Forum, his publication credits include five books and more than 50 articles or book chapters on diversity and the media. He received the 2011 Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists named him the "Padrino (Godfather) of Hispanic Journalists" in 1995 and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2002.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Racial Diversity in a Land of Immigrants
Communication Media in a Racially Diverse Society
PART TWO: ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA PORTRAYALS
From the Live Stage to Hollywood Before World War II
Television and Movies After World War II
PART THREE: NONENTERTAINMENT MEDIA PORTRAYALS
The Media's Not-So-Silent Partner
Minorities In and Out of the News
PART FOUR: THE TRIPLE THREAT OF MINORITY MEDIA ACTIVITIES
Minority Training and Employment in the Media
The Deep Roots of Minority Media
Pressuring Media to Change
PART FIVE: CONCLUSION
Racial Diversity and the End of Mass Media