ERIC Number: EJ723541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 37
Changing Coverage of Domestic Violence Murders: A Longitudinal Experiment in Participatory Communication
Ryan, Charlotte; Anastario, Mike; DaCunha, Alfredo
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v21 n2 p209-228 2006
Stressing relation-building and participatory communication approaches, the Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence worked with journalists to develop a best practices handbook on news coverage of domestic violence murders. This study compares print coverage of domestic violence murders prehandbook (1996-1999) and posthandbook (2000-2002). Significant changes include increased labeling of the murder of intimates as domestic violence and doubled usage of advocates as sources. As a result, domestic violence murders, previously framed as unpredictable private tragedies, are more commonly framed posthandbook as social problems warranting public intervention. The authors conclude that relation-building approaches can affect news cultures and public discourse when conducted in conjunction with comprehensive participatory communications strategies.
Descriptors: Social Problems, News Reporting, Family Violence, Crime, Death, Guides, Literature Reviews
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island