Hannah Graham And The ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome’ In America

Posted by: Cassie Myers

If you’ve read the news in the last five weeks chances are you’ve heard about the disappearance of Hannah Graham. The 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been all over the news since she went missing on September 13.

Have you heard of Tyrell Alexander, Kaitlan Coan or Tong Shao? All three were reported missing around the same time as Graham, yet these names are unfamiliar to most. There’s a reason why and it’s called Missing White Woman Syndrome.

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The Minimalist Phase

Posted By: Sarah Mattes

Photo courtesy of Gareth Saunders via Flickr

In a world where new technology is popping up over night, how can we keep all the “old” technology up to date and be just as inspiring as the next best thing?

Today’s college campuses are swarming with new design classes, new media formats, more advanced software; all these new elements concerned with the topic of design and how design affects the way we view the world around us. But if you take a minute and scan a couple websites throughout the internet, you will see some striking similarities between different sites.

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Gender Roles Still Stagnant in Journalism

By Erin Menardi

Looking around the classrooms of the SJMC at Drake University, you would think that women in the professional journalism circuit are just as common as the air we breathe. In fact, in 2012, college students with journalism degrees were overwhelmingly female. But sadly, there is still a noticeably large gap in the number of women represented in journalism positions compared to their male counterparts. In April of this year, a study found that men still retain 63% of the bylines held by major news corporations in America across nearly all media platforms. In a day and age where gender equality and opportunity is at the forefront of many issues, women still are receiving less than their share of the spotlight.

Photo courtesy of Upworthy

Photo courtesy of upworthy.com

Many women are still stuck writing “pink topics”: family, food, furniture and fashion. Is it simply because no one else volunteers to cover such topics, or is there still a standing sexism that delegates women to be the ones to write about the more domestic stories?

While there are no real solutions to this issue, its recognition has spurred reaction from several companies and news networks across the country. Employers are beginning to see the need to hire more females to their staff, and while the battle for equal representation still has much progress to make, support for feminists movements have brought it to light.

So what do you think? For a field that is involved in the coverage of progressive thinking and liberal issues, why has authority remained in the hands of men for so long? How can women finally be given equal representation in the media?

Battle of the Ads

Posted By: Lauren Manecke

As television has become a part of our daily lives, we have gotten used to waiting five minutes in between shows to watch commercials. Within that five minutes, different ads are being displayed on the screen to try and grab the viewer’s attention. With so many new products being invented daily, companies need to make their product stand out amongst the others. They reach out to consumers through popular forms of communication, such as, social media and television. Continue reading

Do Journalists Have a Right to Privacy?

By: Sarah LeBlanc

The problem of invading an individual’s privacy is one journalists often face in pursuit of a story. Luckily, the University of Iowa has compiled a list of the ways the right to privacy is violated so journalists know what to avoid.

  • Intruding into seclusion or solitude.
  • Publicly disclosing private, embarrassing and irrelevant facts.
  • Placing someone in a false light.
  • Misappropriating someone’s name or image for personal advantage.

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Media Coverage of Muslims and Islam

I went through customs in Rome after studying five weeks in Morocco. The customs officer asked me a lot of questions. I told her I lived with a host family. She asked me if they helped me pack. She asked me if they could have put anything in my suitcase.

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Media’s Newest Struggle: Native Advertising

by Chance Hoener

A definition of Native Advertising at DiGFestival courtesy of Stilgherrian on Flickr.

A definition of Native Advertising at DiGFestival courtesy of Stilgherrian on Flickr.

The news and advertising have always had a sticky relationship. The news needs advertising, especially with publications relying more and more on advertising income, but the news is still the news, and it has to stay objective. A fine line is drawn between keeping advertisers happy and promoting their products, and with the introduction of “native advertising”, that line is getting finer.

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