Bullying in the Media

Bullying in the Media

Find 2 examples of bullying portrayed in the media
● One example from TV shows, movies, videos, news.
● One example a news report of a bullying incident.
Example #1 – TV show, movie or video:
Review and include the following in your writing:
● Include name of show & brief description of the storyline.
● List show details – which network produces the show? Date/time
show airs? Popularity of the show? Target audience?
● Discuss how bullying is portrayed in the program.
● Is the bystander effect included in the story/program?
● Is the depiction of bullying situations realistic?
○ Include specific storylines used.
● Do you note use of stereotyping? Provide examples of characters.
● Are characteristics like income, social class, sexual orientation and
interests used to marginalize cast members?
● Is bullying used as a humorous plot device meant to simply entertain
the audience?
○ What do you think of this portrayal of bullying?
● Does the program feature a significant challenge to a bully and
his/her message? Explain some specific examples.
● What do you believe the impact these shows have on bullying and
society’s perception?
Example #2 – News Report of Bullying Incident
● Include name of news program or media source & brief description
of the story.
● Media outlet details – network producing the program? Does the
media outlet have a slant in coverage (left or right?)
● Discuss how bullying is portrayed in the report.
● Is the bystander effect part of this news story? Explain how.
● Is the depiction of bullying situation exaggerated? Downplayed?
● How is the bully described? How is the victim described?
● Do you note any stereotyping? Provide examples.
● Are characteristics like income, social class, sexual orientation and
interests used in reporting the story?
● Do you believe the coverage of the story is accurate and sufficient?
● Should the report have included more or less information?
● Does the report include any other bullying situations?
● Compare news report coverage of bullying to the depiction in the TV,
movie, video you selected.
● What do you believe the impact this news story has on bullying and
society’s perception?
Draft your assignment in a Word doc and upload to BB or create directly in
BB (if you opt to create in BB, I suggest you copy/paste the text and save a
copy in your computer. It’s a good idea in case of any technical issues with
BB. )
I’m looking for about 400-500 words. Use full sentences. Be sure to
proofread before submitting (spelling and grammar matter … this is a
journalism class!)
Assignment points = 4

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