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A Platform For Somali Ice-Fishing: Changing Media Representations Of Somalis In Minneapolis
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism. Universitet i Oslo.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study looks at how media representations change regarding Somalis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, under the course of a project called “I AM A STAR for Somalia”, launched in April 2011. A quantitative content analysis of print media is employed, concentrating on factors such as actors, subjects, patterns of quoting, involvement and article prominence. Various studies are used as a foundation, including Teun Van Dijk (1991), which introduce and explain theories such as Ideology and Racism, Agenda Setting, Minimal Effects and Integration. Ultimately, the analysis reveals a change in media portrayals correlating with the I AM A STAR project; Somalis are portrayed in roles and stories which normalise their representation in the year following the launch. In the second year, however, these positive effects are not as apparent.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 81 p.
Keyword [en]
I AM A STAR, Somali, Media representation, Integration, Content analysis
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27629OAI: diva2:637790
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science
Educational program
International Communication Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2013-07-23 Created: 2013-07-22 Last updated: 2013-07-23Bibliographically approved

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