Media representations of crime

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Crime and devaince make up a large proportion of ...
...news coverage.
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Which 2 sociologists found that newpapers devote up to 30% of new space to crime?
Williams and Dickinson.
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Howeve, media gives a distorted image of crime, criminals and policing in comparison to...
...official statistics.
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What type of crime does the media generally over-represent?
Violent/sexual crimes.
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For example, what did Ditton and Duffy find?
46% of media reports were about violent and sexual crimes although this genre of crime only made up 3% of reported crime.
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The media portrays victims and criminals as older and more...
...middle class.
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What does Felson call this?
'age fallacy'.
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Media coverage exaggerates police...
...success.
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Media exaggerate the risk of...
...victimisation.
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Crimes is reported as a series of...
...seperate events.
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The media overplays ...
...extrodinary crime.
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News is a social...
...construction.
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What 2 sociologists argue that news is not discovered but 'manufactured?'
Cohen and Young.
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A central aspect of the manufacture of news is the notion of...
...news criteria.
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What is new criteria?
The criteria by which journalists and editors decide whether a story is newsworthy.
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How many key news values are there?
8.
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For example:
Risk (victim centred stories about vulnerability and fear).
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Excluding news reports, where else in the media do we get our knowledge of crime?
Fictional representations of crime from TV/Cinema/Novels.
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What does Mandel argue?
From 1945-1984, over 10 billion crime thrillers were sold worldwide.
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What does Surette mean by the 'law of opposites?'
Crime portrayed in fictional representations is the opposite of what is portrayed in official statistics.
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For example: Whilst real life homicides are often the result of brawls/domestic disputes...
....homicides portrayed in fictional representations of crime are often a result of greed/calculation.
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Fictional police/detectives usually catch their...
...vilain.
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Name 3 noteworthy trends in fictional representations of crime?
1. Infotainment shows 2.Showing police as corrupt/brutual 3.Law enforcers avenging victims.
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