Sociology UR Embedded in Syllabus
In Dr. Ned Rinalducci’s Media and Society course, they discuss the media frames that news organizations use to report stories. These frames make it easier for consumers to understand stories, but limit the nature of the reporting. Each student enrolled in class was instructed to find 5-10 news articles, from national and international sources, on the riots in England of August this year and try to identify the media frames being used. It appears that the Western media had a hard time explaining the riots. Students were asked on a voluntary basis to go further with the assignment and perform a content analysis on the various articles. This project will serve as a preliminary analysis for future work on the topic and will be presented by the students at the Georgia Sociological Association’s annual meeting in October.