International Journal News media and the racialization of protest

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal News media and the racialization of protest: an analysis of Black Lives Matter articles Joy Leopold, Myrtle P. Bell,
Article information: To cite this document: Joy Leopold, Myrtle P. Bell, (2017) “News media and the racialization of protest: an analysis of Black Lives Matter articles”, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 36 Issue: 8, pp.720-735, Permanent link to this document:
Downloaded on: 13 April 2018, At: 12:49 (PT) References: this document contains references to 58 other documents. To copy this document: [email protected] The fulltext of this document has been downloaded 2128 times since 2017*
Users who downloaded this article also downloaded: (2017),”Broadening the conversation: why Black Lives Matter”, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 36 Iss 8 pp. 698-706 (2017),”Do black lives really matter in the workplace? Restorative justice as a means to reclaim humanity”, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, Vol. 36 Iss 8 pp. 707-719
Access to this document was granted through an Emerald subscription provided by All users group
For Authors If you would like to write for this, or any other Emerald publication, then please use our Emerald for Authors service information about how to choose which publication to write for and submission guidelines are available for all. Please visit for more information.
About Emerald Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2,350 books and book series volumes, as well as providing an extensive range of online products and additional customer resources and services.
Emerald is both COUNTER 4 and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.
*Related content and download information correct at time of download.
D ow
nl oa
de d
by 7
3. 13
4. 12
5. 18
1 A
t 12
:4 9
13 A
pr il
2 01
8 (P
T )
News media and the racialization of protest: an analysis of Black
Lives Matter articles Joy Leopold
Department of Communication, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA, and Myrtle P. Bell
Department of Management, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA
Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine coverage of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in seven US-based newspapers to determine whether the protest paradigm, “a pattern of news coverage that expresses disapproval toward protests and dissent,” and other marginalizing techniques are present, and racialized. Design/methodology/approach – Relevant articles published during a six-month period of 2014 near the death of Michael Brown were retrieved from the selected outlets, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Textual and content analyses were performed. Findings – The articles heavily followed the paradigm. An additional characteristic, blame attribution, was also identified. Language of crime, lawlessness, violence, blame for nearby acts of violence, and inflammatory quotes from bystanders and official sources were often present. There was little discussion of key issues associated with the formation of BLM. Research limitations/implications – Mainstream outlets rather than social media or alternative outlets were examined. Future research should study coverage of BLM in other outlets. Practical implications – Measures to avoid marginalizing protests and racialization of coverage, including increased diversity in the newsroom and monitoring for racialized language are suggested. Social implications – Racialization of news and coverage of BLM has widespread negative consequences, such as association of Blacks with criminality that may affect their quality of life. The protest paradigm has the ability to squelch participation in social movements, which have the possibility to bring about needed social change. Originality/value – This interdisciplinary paper highlights the important role of mainstream media and news routines in affecting the BLM movement. It uses diversity research to make recommendations for media practitioners to avoid racialization of news. Keywords Media, African Americans, Black Lives Matter, Blame attribution, Protest paradigm Paper type Research paper
The hashtag “

Place your order
(550 words)

Approximate price: $22

Calculate the price of your order

550 words
We'll send you the first draft for approval by September 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Total price:
The price is based on these factors:
Academic level
Number of pages
Basic features
  • Free title page and bibliography
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Plagiarism-free guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 support
On-demand options
  • Writer’s samples
  • Part-by-part delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Copies of used sources
  • Expert Proofreading
Paper format
  • 275 words per page
  • 12 pt Arial/Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • Any citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard)

Our guarantees

Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.

Money-back guarantee

You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.

Read more

Zero-plagiarism guarantee

Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.

Read more

Free-revision policy

Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.

Read more

Privacy policy

Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.

Read more

Fair-cooperation guarantee

By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.

Read more

Order your essay today and save 30% with the discount code GRADE