North Charleston, SC
Mentor: David Copeland
Project title: The media of white America: Press coverage and treatment of historically outcast members of society
This semester, I continued to conduct individual research into the people groups I outlined in my proposal, this time focusing on women during the suffrage movement. Similar to the work I have conducted in past semesters, I looked at primary documents (newspapers), while also continuing my study of secondary sources about the time period and people group.
Right now, I am finalizing an in-depth paper to be submitted this week to the American Journalism Historians Association. If accepted, I will have the opportunity to present my research at the annual conference for the association in Raleigh in the fall. The paper explores and compares press coverage of two of the five research groups I am studying – the American Indian at the turn of the 20th century and Muslim Americans in the wake of Sept. 11. The paper will serve as a great premise for the all-encompassing paper I plan to write during my senior year, drawing comparisons between the press coverage of all five groups.
During Spring Break, I also traveled to Washington, D.C. with my mom to conduct research and visit historical sites relevant to my work. At the Newseum and Museum of the American Indian, I visited specific exhibits about both Native Americans and press coverage of women and African Americans. From that experience, I discovered new ideas to guide my research in the future, including the idea of conducting interviews with beat reporters from the time periods I am looking at. This summer, I will be traveling to conduct those and will eventually incorporate them into a website highlighting my research, including videos, recordings and photos of the interviews.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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