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Dixon and Linz. Over- and Under-representation of African Americans and Latinos as Lawbreakers on Television News”. Content Analysis of Crime News Stories in L.A. Sampled news programs from TV stations in L.A. over 20 weeks 116 news broadcasts were coded. Inter-group Comparison.

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dixon and linz

Dixon and Linz

Over- and Under-representation of African Americans and Latinos as Lawbreakers on Television News”

content analysis of crime news stories in l a
Content Analysis of Crime News Stories in L.A.
  • Sampled news programs from TV stations in L.A. over 20 weeks
  • 116 news broadcasts were coded
inter group comparison
Inter-group Comparison
  • The sample included 129 perpetrators of crime
    • 69/129 were African American
    • 40/129 were Caucasian
    • Latinos were in between 40--69 ???
inter role comparison
Inter-role Comparison
  • Police officers: perpetrators
    • African Americans 18:69
    • White 93:40
inter reality comparison
Inter-reality Comparison
  • Actual crime statistics
    • Blacks accounted for 21% of criminal arrests in L.A.
    • Whites accounted for 28% of criminal arrests
    • Latinos accounted for 47% of criminal arrests (only 29% of perpetrators on TV news were Latino)
in conclusion
In Conclusion
  • Blacks over-represented as criminals on news
  • Latinos under-represented as criminals
  • Nothing can be shown about the effects of over- or under-representation