This study examines representation of disabilities by conducting a qualitative content analysis of how 41 journalism/mass communication textbooks frame the ideal standards of verbal communication for media professionals. Textbooks are integral to students’ understanding of professional norms and may influence career decisions. Results show that textbooks rarely address the topic of speech disabilities, describing them as “roadblocks to success.” Instead, authors often address best practices in broadcast voicing and the value of projecting confidence in interviews and press conferences. What are the explicit and implicit messages for students with speech disabilities such as stuttering? We argue that such framing is a critical media literacy issue because it addresses media diversity and access.
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Powers, E. M., & Haller, B. (2017). Journalism and Mass Communication Textbook Representations of Verbal Media Skills: Implications for Students with Speech Disabilities. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 9(2), 58-75. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2019-09-02-05