How Crime is Presented in the News Media

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Essay #: 062914
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How Crime is Presented in the News Media
Review
Chermak
observed that existing research that examined how crime is presented in the news media have established that 25 percent of the total news space available is devoted to crime (1998, p. 62). Moreover, that research indicated that serious personal crimes are the highest priority news items while white-collar and property crimes are the lowest priority (
Chermak
, 1998, p. 62). Existing research have also demonstrated that some specific characteristics of both victim and defendant are more frequently presented in the news. For instance, victims are generally portrayed as young or elderly, Caucasian, and male (
Chermak
, 1998, p. 62). In contrast, defendants are typically presented as...
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.....ious personal crimes more so than the ordinary property crimes. Victims and defendants that are unexpected such as a male police officer victim or a female violent criminal are also more likely to be reported in the media. Ultimately, the desire to produce fascinating and appealing news has resulted in the biased nature of crime reporting which may associate certain crimes with certain causes, precluding alternative explanations and rendering it inaccurate.
References
Chermak
, S. (1998). Predicting crime story salience: the effects
of crime, victim, and defendant characteristics. Journal of Criminal Justice, 26(1), 61-70.
Sacco, V.F., & Kennedy, L.W. (2008). The criminal event: an
introduction to criminology in Canada. Toronto: Nelson.