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Title:Islam and Muslim Representation in Popular Media
Author(s):Alangar, Jayanth
Daily Illini
Comunicated Media Communications
Abstract:How has the media represented Muslims and how has this influenced the viewpoints of college students? My project aimed to investigate the University of Illinois’s student newspaper, The Daily Illini, and its propagation of Islamic society’s characteristics. I examined the online archive of The Daily Illini and viewed articles of which Muslims were the subject matter to see if there has been a historical trend negative trend in portrayal, one that would indicate that the primary student newspaper of the University of Illinois is progressively illustrating Muslims in a pejorative light. I compared student attitudes on Muslims (as evidenced by posts in the archive) to views of the editors as depicted through their selection of news articles in the Daily Illini. The opinions of the editors were examined through interviews and student attitudes were examined through research of opinions posted in response to the articles. The main methods of research were interviews of editors of the Daily Illini and also compared historical trends of articles that have been posted in the Daily Illini archive.
Issue Date:2012-01
Course / Semester:AAS 258, Fall 2011
Junaid Rana, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-11-02

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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