What makes crime newsworthy

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What makes crime newsworthy

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1. What makes crime newsworthy? 1) the nature of the offense (violent) 2) demographic factors of the victim and offender (white and vulnerable victims) 3) the uniqueness of the event (strange, bizarre) 4) event salience (local relevance v national relevance)

2. Crime in the news creates misconceptions 1) Criminals are different than “noncriminals” 2) Most crime is violent in nature

4. Crime in the news creates misconceptions 3) Greatest threat to us comes from the poor

6. “Serious” street crime generates more coverage Murder Robbery Rape Aggravated assault Theft Car theft Burglary Arson (also drug offenses, terrorism in the news)

7. Consider homicide Makes up less than 1% of all crimes in a year Makes up between 5% and 25% of the news, depending on whether national or local.

8. Consider homicide Homicide news focuses on least common types of victims (e.g., female or young victims, multiple victim incidents) Law of opposites (see pp. 90-91)

10. Random crime Random crimes are generally more popular in news than crimes committed by people you know e.g., serial killers (see pp. 92-93)

11. Random crime Other popular crimes thus include carjacking, terrorism, and school violence

13. Realities of school violence Serious school violence is extremely rare It also is not increasing No context provided in media coverage (see pp. 95-96) Consider “myths of Columbine” (see p. 97) Misguided policies created in wake of these events (e.g., http://www.justiceblind.com/shooter.html)

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