The stereotypical, mythical, and peace journalism representation of blackness through news storytelling content in racial democracies : a critical discourse analysis
[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) explores how well-established news storytellers represent people of African descent in contexts where racial oppression is supposedly over. In a moment when news storytelling has gained momentum, the reconstruction of the archive of one of the most prominent magazine outlets in the Americas, from 1999 to 2017, allowed an examination of the potential of feature writing to work towards social justice. Despite the discourse of all races as equal and the current popularity of news storytelling, the findings show that feature writing in SoHo, a Colombian men's monthly publication, marginalizes and stereotypes black communities. Moreover, SoHo fosters a narrative of racial harmony that ignores the structural inequalities that black people face. Borrowing from the literature on stereotypes, myths, and peace journalism (PJ), this investigation restructures a model that explains the relationship between news and racism, describes the particularities of the discourse of racial democracies and offers practical guidance in terms of how to improve the coverage of racial minorities.
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