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McNair Scholar 2010Guled A. Ibrahim

Guled A. Ibrahim is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, double majoring in journalism and political science. His research interests revolve around understanding media’s coverage of people of color, especially African immigrants. Mr. Ibrahim plans on getting his Ph.D. and J.D in international and constitutional law.

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My dream is to help others through public service and be involved in global conflict resolution efforts. I don’t aspire to be a hero. I believe in the goodness in all of us, and helping those less fortunate in our societies is one of my goals in life.

Research project

Minnesota's New Immigrants: A Content Analysis of the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Coverage of the Minnesota Somali Community

Abstract: Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States and second to Toronto outside Somalia. This study investigates the types of coverage the Somali community receives from the leading newspaper in Minnesota—the Minneapolis Star Tribune. We examined the contents of the stories in the headline ‘Somali*” from 2003–2010. The study used the LexisNexis Academic database to gather the stories. We looked at the ethnicity, religion, and jobs of the first three sources as well as topics like immigration, crime, culture, community, discrimination, and gender. It is argued here that most of the stories will not be on the front pages and stories will often quote non-Somali sources of authority, while the Somali sources most often are community members or representatives of Somali community organizations. A large number of stories consist of issues relating to immigration and/or crime and large numbers of the stories reference terrorism and portray Somali/Muslims in negative ways. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Catherine R. Squires is currently the Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Squires attended Northwestern University where she received her Ph.D. in communications in 1999. Her research specializes in the study of media, race, politics, gender, and the public sphere. Dr. Squires published two books and multiple journal articles and has presented her work at conferences nationwide. Dr. Squires enjoys teaching and conducting research with students. She has been a McNair faculty mentor for the past 3 years.