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Parents and Teachers’ Perceptions of the Tone and Emotional Impact of Education News Coverage

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School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, Curtin University, Bentley 6102, Australia
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School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Perth 6027, Australia
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Academic Editor: Andreu Casero-Ripollés
Journal. Media. 2021, 2(2), 193-207; https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia2020011
Received: 15 February 2021 / Revised: 12 April 2021 / Accepted: 19 April 2021 / Published: 6 May 2021
This study examines Australian teachers (n = 268) and parents’ (n = 206) self-reported perceptions of education news coverage and how the coverage affects them. Overall, the participants reported a perception that news coverage of teachers, schools, the education system and standardised testing was generally negative in tone. Participants reported typically feeling demoralised by negative stories and inspired by positive stories. A high importance was placed upon the public perception of education by participants. However, trust in the media reporting of educational issues was low. An exception to this general pattern of findings was that participants did not place as much importance upon the public perception of standardised testing and reported being less affected by negative or positive stories on that topic compared to the other education aspects. This research is one of the few studies to investigate the potential emotional impact that news coverage of education can have on media consumers. View Full-Text
Keywords: education news; negative news; positive news; trust in news; impact of news; parents; teachers; schools; solutions journalism education news; negative news; positive news; trust in news; impact of news; parents; teachers; schools; solutions journalism
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Shine, K.; Rogers, S.L. Parents and Teachers’ Perceptions of the Tone and Emotional Impact of Education News Coverage. Journal. Media. 2021, 2, 193-207. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia2020011

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Shine K, Rogers SL. Parents and Teachers’ Perceptions of the Tone and Emotional Impact of Education News Coverage. Journalism and Media. 2021; 2(2):193-207. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia2020011

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Shine, Kathryn, and Shane L. Rogers 2021. "Parents and Teachers’ Perceptions of the Tone and Emotional Impact of Education News Coverage" Journalism and Media 2, no. 2: 193-207. https://doi.org/10.3390/journalmedia2020011

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