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ERIC Number: ED310458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Criminals Assess Their Treatment by the Media.
Woodress, Frederick A.
Ethnographic interviews were conducted to determine how criminals assessed their treatment by the media. Twenty-five inmates, all participants in a mass media communications journalism course at Pendleton Reformatory in Pendleton, Indiana, were videotaped while answering the question: How do you regard the treatment given you by the media during your arrest, trial and incarceration? Of the 25 interview subjects, 17 reported negative experiences with the media, four had good and bad reports, three expressed only positive feelings and one avoided the subject by talking about good public relations techniques. Ten conclusions were drawn from the taped interviews. They include: fairness, thoroughness, and objectivity should be observed by the media, including fairness to the victim, the law enforcement people, the prosecutor, the judge, the court and the criminals; and reporters should dig deeper for the facts and not just settle for handouts from the authorities. (Thirty-eight notes are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A