December 7, 2009

Hispanics in the News

Overall Coverage of Hispanics in the News

Of the four major ethnic and religious groups studied, Hispanics were covered slightly more (2.9%) than Asians (2.4%)[1] and Africans/African-Americans (2.2%)[2]. Muslims  received the most coverage (3.7%)[3].

For both Muslims and Asians, nine out of ten stories involved events abroad.  By contrast, Hispanics were much more of an American story—58% of the coverage with significant references to Hispanics involved domestic news. Likewise, about two-thirds (65%), of the coverage of Africans and/or African-Americans involved domestic news.


FOOTNOTES:

1. The Asian/Asian-American group was understood as encompassing people or groups from most eastern and south Asian countries, as well as anyone noted as Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Hawaiian.

2. The African/African-American group included people or groups from any African country except Egypt, as well as those noted as African, African-American, or Black.

3. The Muslim group included anyone noted as Muslim, Islamist, as well as belonging to Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other groups with strong Muslim identities.