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Reporting diversity: The representation of ethnic minorities in Australia's television current affairs programs

Phillips, G. (2011) Reporting diversity: The representation of ethnic minorities in Australia's television current affairs programs. Media International Australia, 139 . pp. 23-31.

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Abstract

A recent study of ethnic diversity in Australia's television news showed that diversity of race, culture and religion is largely absent from the news services, unless people from ethnic minorities are posing a social problem of some kind. A parallel study of Australia's nightly current affairs programs has yielded similar results: like news, they represent Australia as an 'Anglo' nation. When ethnic minorities are featured, they tend to occupy peripheral roles, and where they are allowed a central role, it is usually to be shown as threatening and menacing to the Anglo mainstream. The industry codes of practice explicitly state the standards that should apply in reporting on race, culture and religion, yet only the public broadcaster, the ABC, follows the guidelines in the representation of diversity. The reporting practices on the commercial stations deliberately or unwittingly encourage a sense of racial hierarchy in which the Anglo dominates.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publishers Website: http://www.uq.edu.au/mia/index.html
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4630
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