Research has shown that a lack of diversity exists in the media, particularly regarding how two vulnerable populations, women and people of color, are portrayed. For example, usually only very thin women are portrayed, and people of color are misrepresented, perpetuating negative stereotypes. This study seeks to determine whether a sample of college students from Valparaiso University recognize the lack of diversity in the media and would like it changed. Through this study, society may become more aware of the lack of diversity in the media. This study may also encourage further research into how equal representation in the media can be achieved.
Hurdish, Jane; Penn, Emily; and Watson, Ashley, "Diversity in the Media" (2013). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 252.