Violence in Hip-Hop Journalism: A Content Analysis of the Source, A Leading Hip-Hop MagazineOredein T*
School of Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, USA
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- Oredein T
School of Public Health
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Received Date: June 20, 2013; Accepted Date: July 17, 2013; Published Date: July 19, 2013
Citation: Oredein T (2013) Violence in Hip-Hop Journalism: A Content Analysis of the Source, A Leading Hip-Hop Magazine. J Community Med Health Educ 3:223. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000223
Copyright: © 2013 Oredein T. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objectives: This study seeks to determine the prevalence of violence in a popular hip-hop entertainment magazine, a previously overlooked medium. Methods: We performed a content analysis on a random sample of 48 issues of The Source Magazine and coded magazine covers, and feature articles about celebrities and accompanying photographs for the presence of violent content.
Results: 35% of covers contained at least one violent category in text or graphics. Nearly 80% of feature articles contained at least one violent category in the text and approximately 30% of feature articles were accompanied by at least one violent graphic.
Conclusion: Findings suggest that The Source Magazine and possibly other hip-hop entertainment venues are a potential source of mediated modeling for violent behaviors.