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Fall 2015

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.


Breaking the Bias

Undergrad study examines how community service can help journalists challenge their biases 

Raegan Cardwell

Raegan Cardwell

News isn’t just a way to learn about current events—it’s also a powerful device that helps shape the way we perceive and understand the world around us. That’s why it’s crucial for journalists to recognize their biases and acknowledge how their objectivity, or lack thereof, can affect the way they tell stories.

Raegan Cardwell, a 2015 graduate who double-majored in broadcast communication and journalism, explored this dynamic more thoroughly by researching objectivity and the representation of poverty in the media. The work was conducted for her Honors College graduation project under the leadership of Andrew Clark, associate professor of communication, and Kevin Gustafson, associate professor of English.

“Poverty is underrepresented and often misrepresented,” Cardwell says. “I believe this is a problem that can be solved on an individual level among journalists.”

For her research, she worked at Mission Arlington for three months, helping with administrative tasks and assisting clients, while also investigating trends in the media’s representation of poverty and exploring the agenda-setting theory of communication. The latter states that the more news coverage a topic receives, the more the public will view it as having importance.

“We are often not aware of our biases until we are forced to confront them,” she says. “Community-service learning can help journalists recognize how their personal backgrounds and beliefs shape the way they cover stories. This would lead to better, more inclusive coverage of community issues.”

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