Friday, February 28, 2014

[408] ‘MTSU On the Record’ explores disability in the media

MURFREESBORO — The media’s depictions of the disabled will be the topic of the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Katie Foss, an assistant professor of journalism at MTSU, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 3, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 9, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and

Foss has introduced a new seminar class called “Media and Disability” for the spring 2014 semester. Aspects of the course include news coverage of disability, the impact of war veterans on disability policies, the absence of disabilities in advertising and the treatment of the disabled in reality television shows.

“We’re starting to move from more of a medical perspective, or a pathological view of disability … toward more of a cultural model of disability in which we think, ‘What are the cultural constructs that create the disability?,’” Foss said.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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