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Media Crime Reporting

Media’s representation of crime

There are some strong opinions voiced when it comes to media crime reporting. Is there commercial pressures determining the media’s contemporary coverage of crime and violence? And has the public’s opinion been wired or reshaped, or even worse then that , has criminal justice policy been warped?

News media seems to be influenced by marketing and economic contracting, rather than just reflecting the events at hand. These forces are somehow dictating what is and what is not newsworthy. Media and crime reporting are in need of a overlook on their affect on the justice system.

How TV treats crime

The overemphasized focus on crime stories is the style of news we frequently see today. Is there a connection between the media and fear of crime? Do advertising agencies deploy strategies aimed at groups that have a taste for violence?

The style and content of the stories in the news are customized and effectively grab viewers attention. Newspapers are also reflecting this style and content that's emphasizing crime.

Are the actions of the media having a negative effect on social opinion?

American public opinion

Media over-reporting of crime increases public concern about crime which makes it a key item when choosing political leaders. Media has the potential to sway the public into support of punitive policies such as mandatory minimums, sentence length, and juveniles being tried as adults.

If these issues are highlighted and constantly thrown in front of the public by the media, it increases the support for punitive policy, increases fear of crime, instills and reinforces racial stereotypes and links race to crime.

Crime news

Generally, crime related news are detailed reports of individual criminal acts. While little attention is being paid to broader trends that are occurring. The stories that focus on putting the crime problem in a larger perspective are scarce.

Stories about crime give the public fascinating conflicts between good and evil. These stories are more dramatic predatory crimes that are violent and committed against those believed to be vulnerable or blameless.

News media preoccupied

News media are for-profit entities with the goal of increasing market share and advertising revenue. A journalist defines news as that which is out of the ordinary and criminal acts violate official laws and therefore all requirements are met.

Typically, journalists rely on law enforcement, politicians, and government officials for information. Their tendency to do this influences the volume and content of crime news. Officials are viewed as authoritative and that lends legitimacy to often ambiguous media crime reporting.


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