by Dallas Johnson
For this analysis we will look at the CNN article regarding the United States and China.
For this article, I discussed the diversity issue with a student named Lina., who is Chinese-American.
At first look, it seems like the coverage of the story itself is pretty straightforward. There doesn't seem to be much stereotyping going on in the actualy coverage.
However, it seems as though there is some accusation of some preconceived thoughts. Not necessarily stereotyping though. There is a section about halfway through the article that talks about the President underestimating the Chinese government.
There is even a suggestion that the United States is trying to take advantage of the Chinese, making it sound as though the U.S. thinks China is weaker.
This suggests that the report can move into more substantive issues using quotes and observation, but that it seems like stereotypes are still existing within the topics the story covers.
The article does a good job of providing quotes from the director of the Beijing Private Equity Association, this allows for any stereotypes or prejudice that might sneak in to be neutralized.
Lina and I have discussed stereotypes and prejudice. It sometimes seems that people dig themselves into a stereotype, perpetuating it. This makes it difficult for reporters to sometimes put those stereotypes aside.
However, it is also good for a reporter to a least give those being stereotyped the chance to break out and prove themselves to the reporter and the rest of the world.
Diversity is something that is tough to cover. It requires prejudices and sterotypes to be put aside. This isn't necessarily easy. As long as the reporter is making an effort, however, we have assume that progress toward representing people fairly is being made.