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Discouraging stereotypes? US newspaper coverage of ethnic minority entrepreneurs before the economic downturn
University of Wyoming.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership). Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media Management and Transformation Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7415-7519
2013 (English)In: Journalism - Theory, Practice & Criticism, ISSN 1464-8849, E-ISSN 1741-3001, Vol. 14, no 8, 1059-1075 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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While research shows that ethnic minority entrepreneurs make a relevant contribution to economies, academic studies often convey a rather negative image of their entrepreneurship as necessity- rather than opportunity-driven, and with little innovation. This study examined the US newspaper coverage of these entrepreneurs during the five years before the economic downturn. It found that only one-tenth of the articles were negative, while two-thirds were positive. Two-thirds of the articles mentioned assistance programs that could help entrepreneurs. The vast majority of the articles presented positive frames of minority entrepreneurs and their contributions. This study found that newspapers can be important sources for ethnic minority individuals interested in becoming entrepreneurs and provide information useful in formulating public policy.

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2013. Vol. 14, no 8, 1059-1075 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-21184DOI: 10.1177/1464884912473394Local ID: IHHESOLIS, IHHMMTCISOAI: diva2:621840
Available from: 2013-05-17 Created: 2013-05-17 Last updated: 2016-09-07Bibliographically approved

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