ABSTRACT The news is usually generated by members of the majority group and reflects this group’s central narrative. Minority group representation in the news is typically negative and stereotypical, raising questions regarding the news consumption patterns of minority groups. This study investigates this topic by examining news consumption patterns among adolescent girls belonging to the Arab minority in Israel and reveals an inner conflict between components of these girls’ identity. These findings may be used by decision-makers in choosing how to relate to and represent minority groups out of an understanding that they are part of the news consumers.
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Alon-Tirosh, M. , Hadar-Shoval, D. and Marshi-Sakran, N. (2018) News Consumption and Identity: The Case of Adolescent Girls Belonging to a Minority Group. Psychology, 9, 2718-2730. doi: 10.4236/psych.2018.913156.
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