ERIC Number: ED151842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Crime News Coverage in Perspective.
Graber, Doris A.
According to one sociological model, news is a product of socially determined notions of who and what is important and the organizational structures that result for routinizing news collection; events that deviate from these notions are ignored. This report describes a study of crime news coverage in the media that used this model to examine the following: the determinants of newsmaking, frequency of presentation, prominence of placement, and source of news flow. The data for this study came from a year-long content analysis of six daily newspapers, one weekly paper, and nightly newscasts on three national and two local television stations. The analysis reveals that individual crime receives three to four times as much attention as other issues in all of the news sources considered. The study then evaluated the vast amount of crime news coverage according to three norms: the hierarchy of social significance, the hierarchy of audience preference, and the mirror of society concept. Nine data tables and extensive notes accompany the report. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (Chicago, Illinois, October 27-29, 1977)