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Crime and the media

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Crime and the media

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  • Arson
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Vandalism
  • Weapons
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Drink driving
  • Drugs
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Patterns of crime

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  • Type of crime
    • Serious
  • Social characteristics of offenders
    • Black
    • Male
    • 18-21
    • Skin head
  • Incidents rather than causes
  • The criminal justice system
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Representations of crime

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  • Reality TV
    • Traffic cops
    • Road wars
    • Street wars
    • Crimewatch
  • Fiction
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • Crime is always solved
    • elaborate/series (murder)
  • Dramas
    • High diet
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Perceptions of crime

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  • Crime rate-Crimes reported
  • British Crime Survey (BCS)-Talking to victims
  • Fear of crime
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Williams and Dickinson

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  • Coverage of 10 national newspapers over 4 weeks-12.7% events reported about crime.
  • More about crime the more downmarket paper
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Cumberbatch

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More crime reported on TV than in newspapers

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Reiner et al

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Reporting of crime risen from 8% to 21% since 1945

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