The Media Speaks Very Little about Large Families, Finds a Recent German Study
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:Read more...