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Drew Kells
3.2
by Drew Kells - Feb. 22, 2011

This article is not great journalism, but it does the job of reporting the newsworthy story. One of the major problems I have with the story is the title itself. This is an example of an unconscious steroetype that is used by the author. The title makes it sound as if black men as a whole say that doctor's visits are often a bad experience. In order for that to be true, there would need to be a large majority of a massive study group reporting those claims. The study from this article was based only on 105 men all in the state of Michigan. The author should not have deceived readers with the title he used and used the small group of men to generalize for black men as a whole which is not a good idea in journalism. However, the article does a good job of explaining findings within hte study and offers a good context to the meaning of the study. There could have been a quote or two from people who actually participated in the study as well as people other than the main reseracher of the study. I probably would not reccomend the article because with such a small number of participants in the study in such a small area, this really is not newsworthy enough to draw any kind of national attention.

After going over this article for a second time and reading other reviews posted about it, I still believe that the article lacks significant data and background to qualify as good journalism. The frame of this article is more thematic and societal as it looks at a broad subject that covers race and gender, but is an issue throughout our society. This is shown as the author claims that African-American men avoid going to the doctor because their visits are often stressful, a problem that would call for a social change. However, the frame is also somewhat institutional as it calls for different practices for doctors dealing with African-American men. Framing matters for this piece because it is important how you want your audience to view this issue which is hard to convey through a single person and is more effective when it focuses on a larger group.

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