Stuttering and the Media Stuttering gets a bum rap in the news media. On the rare occasions when a newspaper or TV story on stuttering appears, it's often inaccurate or misleading. Consider the recent NBC Dateline feature touting a “boot camp” for stutterers in England. Or the Good Housekeeping magazine column in which ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 1997
Stuttering and the Media
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  • Jim McClure
    National Stuttering Project, Chicago, IL
  • J. Scott Yaruss
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
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Article   |   September 01, 1997
Stuttering and the Media
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 1997, Vol. 7, 6. doi:10.1044/ffd7.2.6
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 1997, Vol. 7, 6. doi:10.1044/ffd7.2.6
Stuttering gets a bum rap in the news media. On the rare occasions when a newspaper or TV story on stuttering appears, it's often inaccurate or misleading.
Consider the recent NBC Dateline feature touting a “boot camp” for stutterers in England. Or the Good Housekeeping magazine column in which a pediatrician (Lucy Osborn, professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine) advised parents to tell a stuttering child to slow down and think before he talks.
That's not the fault of the media. Most reporters strive for accurate, balanced coverage that presents all sides of an issue. If someone claims a breakthrough cure for cancer, for example, reporters will seek comments from the recognized medical authorities to put the so-called cure into perspective. Reporters also know that if they run an inaccurate story on this subject, their editors will get a barrage of letters, phone calls, and op-ed pieces from medical associations.
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