The 2021 BEA Textbook Award has been awarded to Andrew C. Billings and Scott Parrott (Editors) for Media Stereotypes: From Ageism to Xenophobia (Peter Lang, 2020).
Media Stereotypes: From Ageism to Xenophobia contributes to the field of broadcasting and mass communication by bringing together top scholars in the field of mass communication and stereotyping to overview how mass media represent race, gender, age, mental health, immigration, and other important social identities. The table of contents includes a veritable “all-star team” of media stereotyping researchers. Instead of simply focusing on the past, these researchers chart directions for future research and explore ways in which mass media may be used to reach positive outcomes.
Andrew Billings is the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama, and the Director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication. He is one of the most published sports media scholars in the world. His research interests intersect sport, mass media, consumption habits, and identity-laden content. Scott Parrott is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at the University of Alabama, and the Director of the Veterans and Media Lab at UA. His research focuses on how media exposure shapes our perceptions of social groups and social norms.
The BEA Textbook Award was established in 2020 to recognize an outstanding textbook written by a BEA member(s) in the field of broadcasting and mass communication. Each year the recipient will be recognized at BEA’s annual awards ceremony.