Student Research - Sheyda Zakerion

Sheyda Zakerion is a BSW student, AmeriCorps member, and Ronald E. McNair Scholar, just to list a few things. Recently she has been working on some new research that she shares with us today.

"This project investigates Oklahoma’s first and only street paper titled, The Curbside Chronicle, produced for and by the homeless population. Homeless street papers serve the purpose of employing and empowering identified homeless individuals by providing them a marketable product. Street papers also discourage panhandling and provide a venue for the voices of the homeless. While there are approximately 40 homeless street papers in the United States, there is limited research on the content of these newspaper and magazine publications. There is, however, significant research determining the frames of homelessness discourse in other types of news media. Street papers are working tirelessly to redirect the discussion of homelessness to remove stigma and negative stereotyping for the population. Research on street papers is fundamental in documenting these types of shifts. This project is intended to fill the gap in homeless street paper research and inspire others to further investigate homelessness discourse. Through content analysis of The Curbside Chronicle, I show the unique manner in which this publication discusses the homeless population. Culture, Humanization, Belonging, and Orientation were themes identified in the magazine publication and the implications of these themes are discussed."

Sheyda has presented her work four times:

Understanding Homelessness
Co-Presenter: Dr. David Moxley
38th Annual State Social Work Conference: All People Matter, March, 30th, 2014, Norman, OK

Homeless & Newsworthy: A Content Analysis of Oklahoma’s First Magazine Produced by the Homeless Population
Mentor: Dr. Meredith Worthen
Undergraduate Research Day, March 29th, 2014, Norman, OK

Homeless & Newsworthy: Social Enterprise Bringing Social Justice to the Homeless
Mentor: Dr. Meredith Worthen
Sooner Mosaic Social Justice Symposium, March 1st, 2014, Norman, OK

Homeless & Newsworthy: A Content Analysis of Oklahoma’s First Magazine Produced by the Homeless Population
Mentor: Dr. Meredith Worthen
Texas National McNair Conference, February 15th, 2014, Denton, TX

Please join us in congratulating her!

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