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Finding aid of the Leroy Aarons papers, 1890-2003, bulk 1999-2003 Coll2011.014
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SOIN Project and Administration Series 1. Bulk, 1999-2002 1993-2003

Physical Description: 0.15 linear foot

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of grant proposals, grant related documents, financial accounting records, project publicity, biographical material, notes, correspondence, timelines, and assorted USC/Annenberg School items that document the funding and development of the USC/Annenberg School of Journalism "Project for the Study of Sexual Orientation in the News" (SOIN). The bulk of the series documents aspects of the conceptualization and early development of SOIN's three constituent projects, first in a grant proposal directed to the Ford Foundation, then in notes and correspondence subsequent to the grant award. Also notable is biographical material on Leroy Aarons, as well as three columns Aarons wrote in the mid-1990s for Alternatives, the newsletter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Arrangement note

This series is arranged sequentially, proceeding from (1) solicitation of project funds, to (2) financial accounting of project funds and expenses, to (3) publicity and general correspondence, and (4) project overviews, agendas, and timelines.
Box 1, Folder 1

Huffington grant; Ford Foundation research Bulk, 1998-1999 1998-1999

Box 1, Folder 2

Ford Foundation grant proposal; award letter 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 3

Ford Foundation grant modifications 2000

Box 1, Folder 4

Grant proposals and awards 2000-2003

Box 1, Folder 5-6

USC Financial accounting 1999-2000

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 7

USC Information services - statement of account 2000-2001

Box 1, Folder 8

SOIN/Leroy Aarons publicity 1999

Scope and Contents note

Includes biographical information on Leroy Aarons, as well as three photocopied articles Aarons wrote as president of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for its newsletter, Alternatives, during the mid-1990s. The three issues of Alternativeshave been retained in ONE's periodical collection.
Box 1, Folder 9

General correspondence 1999-2003

Box 1, Folder 10

Notes: agenda and budget for SOIN project(s) circa 1999

Box 1, Folder 11

Project timelines 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 12

USC/Annenberg School - assorted items 1999-2003


Journalism 499 Series 2. Bulk, 1999-2000 1890-2003

Physical Description: 0.85 linear foot

Scope and Contents note

This series comprises notes, academic papers, syllabi, lecture drafts, copied and clipped articles, copied graphic images, timelines, e-mail, student work, teaching resource material, project/topic files, and other items documenting Leroy Aarons' development of Journalism 499, a USC Annenberg School of Journalism undergraduate course. The class was intended to serve as a model for preparing students to "understand the complex issues around gay men and lesbians as represented in today's media." The bulk of the series comprises Aaron's course development notes and lecture drafts, as well as subject files. Also documented are a later adaptation of the course by instructor Laura Castenada, and general Annenberg School resources for teaching ethics and diversity.

Arrangement note

The Journalism 499 series is divided into two subseries: (2.1) Course design; and (2.2) Subject files.

Course design Subseries 2.1. Bulk, 1999-2000 1890-2003

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of the subseries comprises notes, primary and secondary source material, lecture drafts, notes concerning guest lecturers, and other items documenting Aaron's development of Journalism 499, "Sexual Orientation Issues in the News," in 1999. Several folders document a second version of the course Aarons taught in the fall semester of 2000 with co-instructor Vicki Torres. There is also a syllabus for a related graduate seminar, a syllabus for a later version of the course taught by associate professor Laura Castenada, and three folders focusing primarily on teaching diversity and ethics.

Arrangement note

The files are arranged in chronological order, beginning with Aarons' notes on course conceptualization and design, and ending with resources for teaching diversity and ethics assembled by the Annenberg School diversity committee.
Box 1, Folder 13

Journalism 499 - course development notebook 1999

Box 1, Folder 14

Aarons - notes 1999-2002

Box 1, Folder 15

Two articles regarding media prejudice toward gays and lesbians 1998

Box 1, Folder 16

Source material - Max Lerner ( New York Post) circa 1950

Box 1, Folder 17

Lecture source material 1950-1998

Box 1, Folder 18

"Books to get" - booklist 1999

Box 1, Folder 19

Related syllabi and bibliographic resources 1989, 1999

Box 1, Folder 20

Journalism resources - National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Stylebook 1997

Box 1, Folder 21

Gay and lesbian chronologies and timelines 1999

Box 1, Folder 22

Notes for course development and description 1999

Box 1, Folder 23

Notes on lecture development and source material 1999

Box 1, Folder 24-26

Lecture development, weeks 1-5 1999

Physical Description: [3 folders]
Box 1, Folder 27

"September lectures" 1999

Box 1, Folder 28

Course syllabus 1999

Box 1, Folder 29-32

Lecture and source material, weeks 1-4 1999

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 1, Folder 33

Images for overhead transparencies 1890-1945

Box 1, Folder 34

Article copies for course reader 1964-1999

Box 1, Folder 35

Course reader 1964-1999

General Physical Description note: [spiral bound reader]
Box 1, Folder 36

Gay and lesbian web resources circa 1999

Box 1, Folder 37

Guest lecturers 1999

Box 1, Folder 38

Guest lecturers/panel discussion 1999

Box 1, Folder 39

NLGJA plenary panel, "Hollywood's Gay Explosion" - notes and program 1998

Box 1, Folder 40

Guest lecturer - Phil Wilson 1999

Box 1, Folder 41

Journalism 599 - graduate seminar syllabus 2000

Box 1, Folder 42

Journalism 499 - syllabus (with Vicki Torres) 2000

Box 1, Folder 43

Course remarks and administrative items (with Vicki Torres) 2000

Box 1, Folder 44

Journalism 499 - introductory remarks (Aarons and Torres) 2000

Box 1, Folder 45

'00 Press - analysis of gay coverage 2000

Box 1, Folder 46

Notes and material regarding AIDS, gay African-Americans 2000

Box 1, Folder 47

Journalism 468, syllabus and course evaluation; Journalism 499, flyer 2001, 2002

Box 1, Folder 48

USC/Annenberg diversity committee - teaching resources 2001-2002

Box 1, Folder 49

Journalism resources - ethics, employment 2002

Box 1, Folder 50

Latinos and news media 1998-2003


Subject files Subseries 2.2. 1992-2003

Scope and Contents note

This subseries comprises topical folders containing photocopies and clippings of articles, newsletters, pamphlets and other items collected and organized by Aarons as reference material for teaching. Asterisked folders contain assorted material titled by the archivist.

Arrangement note

The files in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by topic.
Box 1, Folder 51

AIDS '99 1999

Box 1, Folder 52

AIDS - Kaiser Foundation/Wall Street Journal* 1997-1998

Box 1, Folder 53

AIDS* 1997-1998

Box 1, Folder 54

Christian Right 1998-1999

Box 1, Folder 55

Church 1992-2000

Box 1, Folder 56

Gays/lesbians and corporate America* 1991-2000

Box 1, Folder 57

Daily Trojan (USC student newspaper) - Lesbian and gay themed articles* 1997-1999

Box 1, Folder 58

'00 Elections 2000

Box 1, Folder 59

Gays/entertainment 1995-2003

Box 1, Folder 60

Politics, journalism, Hollywood* 1992-1999

Box 1, Folder 61

Hate Crime 1996-1999

Box 1, Folder 62

African American HIV Training Institute (USC)* 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 63

Huffington 1998

Box 1, Folder 64

'00 Lifestyle (football captain) 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 65

'00 Marriage 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 66

'00 gays in military 2000

Box 1, Folder 67

NewsWatch (San Francisco State University) - articles regarding gays and lesbians/journalism* 1997, 1998

Box 1, Folder 68

Religion* 1998-2002

Box 1, Folder 69

Delia M. Rios* 1993-1998

Box 1, Folder 70

Rolling Stone article and related material* 2003

Box 1, Folder 71

Schools* 1997, 2001

Box 1, Folder 72

Shepard 2 1998

Box 1, Folder 73

Suicide 1994-1997

Box 1, Folder 74

Miscellaneous 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 75

Assorted articles* 1996-2002


New Millenium Survey Series 3. Bulk, 1999-2000 1990-2000

Physical Description: 0.15 linear foot

Scope and Contents note

This series comprises published reports, organizational membership and organization lists, correspondence, survey drafts, a powerpoint presentation, and publicity for the "New Millenium Survey." The survey was intended to assess gay and lesbian journalists' perceptions of coverage of sexual orientation issues by the news organizations they worked for. The series documents the planning and implementation of the 2000 survey, which was intended to build on a survey of gay and lesbian print journalists (also directed by Aarons) conducted in 1990 by the National Association of Newspaper Editors (ASNE). A report from the earlier survey, as well as a report on a 1995 survey of gay and lesbian journalists working in electronic media, are included in the series.

Arrangement note

Files in this series are arranged chronologically, beginning with the American Society of Newspaper Editors survey publication of 1990, proceeding through development of the 2000 survey, and ending with the published survey report (2000).
Box 2, Folder 1

"Alternatives: Gays and lesbians in the newsroom" - ASNE report 1990

Box 2, Folder 2

"Another Perspective: A Report on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Electronic Journalism" 1995

Box 2, Folder 3

"Journalism and Mass Communication Accreditation, 1999-2000" 1999-2000

General note

Publication of the Accrediting Council on Educaton in Journalism and Mass Communication
Box 2, Folder 4

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association - membership lists 1999

Box 2, Folder 5

Broadcast Media companies 1999

Box 2, Folder 6

Advisory committee correspondence regarding New Millenium Survey and newspaper content audit 1999

Box 2, Folder 7-8

New Millenium drafts, with commentary 1999

Box 2, Folder 9

New Millenium Survey: final draft and announcement 2000

Box 2, Folder 10

Millenium survey results; draft of survey release publicity 2000

Box 2, Folder 11

Outline of comments for PowerPoint - survey results presentation 2000

General Physical Description note: [text, transparencies, 3 floppy disks]
Box 2, Folder 12

"Lesbians and Gays in the Newsroom: 10 Years Later" 2000


Newspaper Content Audit Series 4. Bulk, 1999-2000 1998-2000

Physical Description: 1.27 linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

The Newspaper Content Audit series comprises notes, correspondence, methodology models, photocopied articles, and article and image coding sheets connected to an audit of coverage of gay and lesbian issues in six American newspapers during one month, October 1999. In each of the newspapers, every article with a focus on same-sex sexual orientation issues was photocopied, then paired with a 16 page article and image coding sheet. The coding sheet recorded the analysis of each article according to a set of quantitative and qualitative criteria. An index for articles audited in each newspaper appears at the beginning of each new section.

Arrangement note

The first three folders in this series are concerned with design and methodology of the newspaper content audit. The remaining folders involve the audit of the six newpapers. The articles and attached code sheets for each newspaper are arranged in ascending chronological order.
Box 2, Folder 13

Study design 2000

Box 2, Folder 14

Methodology 1998-2000

Box 2, Folder 15

Code sheet drafts 2000

Box 2, Folder 16-23

San Antonio Express News 1999-2000

Physical Description: [8 folders]
Box 2, Folder 24-25

The Saint-Louis Post-Dispatch 1999-2000

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 3, Folder 1-4

The Saint-Louis Post-Dispatch 1999-2000

Physical Description: [4 folders]
Box 3, Folder 5-11

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1999-2000

Physical Description: [7 folders]
Box 3, Folder 12-19

The Los Angeles Times 1999-2000

Physical Description: [8 folders]
Box 3, Folder 20-24

The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware)

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 3, Folder 25-38

The New York Times 1999-2000

Physical Description: [14 folders]