Student resistance movements in higher education: an analysis of the depiction of Black Lives Matter student protests in news media

Meseret F. Hailu, Molly Sarubbi

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Abstract

Popular media shapes societal perceptions and discourse. The growing use of news media in higher education practices (outreach, admissions, and campus communication) have heightened the need for institutional leadership to not only understand the general impact of popular media but also to comprehend students’ representation, as well as the acquisition and dissemination of media content. In this study, authors present a media content analysis of newspaper coverage of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the well-known periodical, the Chronicle of Higher Education. Ultimately, this study demonstrates (1) organizational leadership can be influenced and disrupted to promote racial justice and (2) the discursive treatment of the BLM in popular media and, and by extension, in the United States’ public imagination. Overall, this study suggests that in situations where institutional policies perpetuate racial inequity, BLM student movements have the capacity to complicate existing discourse about Blackness in higher education and catalyze substantial social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1108-1124
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Volume32
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2019

Keywords

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Media
  • race
  • students
  • universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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