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The Media Speaks Very Little about Large Families, Finds a Recent German Study

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Courtesy of German Association of Large Families

With a stereotypical vision full of worn out clichés, portraying the family in a one-dimensional perspective which is far from reality: that is how the German press describes large families and the family in general. This was discovered by a new and exhaustive study of the argument, led by a group of researchers from Cologne, which analyzed 1,100 articles published by German newspapers between 2011 and 2012. 

A team of ten researchers led by the Professor of Journalism Marlis Prinzing (Macromedia Hochschule fuer Medien und Kommunikation) has entitled the Report of their research, “The Last of Politicians’ Interests.” Their work reviewed the press’s coverage of large families as well as other types of families in Germany. The research has been committed by the German Association of Large Families (www.kinderreichefamilien.de). The project was financed by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Children. In the study, the contents of 24 German newspapers were analyzed, among them national, regional, weekly, and daily papers, as well as news magazines specifically aimed at families. The research was combined with interviews with experts, journalists, and representatives from various associations. In Germany, according to the researchers’ conclusions, the media’s attitude, which is characterized by a stereotypical vision of family roles in the news, relegates the family, particularly large ones (with three or more children) to the very last place in their interests. These are the main results of the research:

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The new language of power speaks in the name of gender. Here we find out how the lobbies have set the agenda of many countries through the major UN Conferences

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An analysis by journalist and writer Marguerite Peeters speaking at a convention organized by the Diocese of Brescia, Italy.

Gender? It’s a global political norm today. Marguerite Peeters, an American well-known journalist and writer of many books on ethical themes made a clean sweep of many commonplaces as she looked back through the history of major conferences promoted by the United Nations Organisation from 1990.

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The Figure of the Father in TV fiction series

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TV Miniseries show a vast array of genres to captivate audiences: charming and exuberant families, courageous priests in peripheries, crime and police and love and adventure stories. In short, there is something for everyone; all you need is to do some zapping. We are talking about the hugely successful Fiction series that are dominating the TV. It would be safe to say that TV fiction is in its “golden age”, either in small format (mini-series with 2-4 episodes) or series spun out over seasons. Whatever the format they continue to enjoy success and have high ratings in prime time.

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Is Internet a Drug? Aiart’s Report On Internet Addiction Presented in Rome

Is Internet a Drug?  Aiart’s Report On Internet Addiction Presented in Rome

Imagine women who are alone and divorced, depressed by their loss of work, that ...

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Ten Rules for Publishing Information about Our Kids on Social Networks

Ten Rules for Publishing Information about Our Kids on Social Networks

The most essential fact to keep in mind is that on social networks, especially o...

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Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars? A Norwegian Documentary Quips Gender Theory

Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars?  A Norwegian Documentary Quips Gender Theory

For some time now, a documentary that would be great to show in schools, or even...

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Family and media. Family relationship, their rappresentation on the mass media and virtual relationship

Family and media. Family relationship, their rappresentation on the mass media and virtual relationship

The first study of this third volume of the Family and Media collection presents a...

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What happens when it is the children who teach their parents to use new technology?

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Alice behind the Looking Glass. Literature and knowledge of reality

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