PICT103 Module 3.pptx

PICT103 Module 3.pptx - PICT103 Introduction to Criminology...

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Dr James Martin Week 3 – Crime and the Media PICT103: Introduction to Criminology
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Lecture outline
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Lecture outline I. Crime reporting Background Rise of tabloid media II. News values & newsworthiness News values Over-representation Under-representation III. Key concepts & issues Ideal victims Signal crimes Moral panic ‘Soft’ judges?
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Part I Crime reporting – historical context
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Crime & Media reporting – background Crime and disorder formerly presented as problem of society and class Even fictional media portrayed crime largely as a social problem – e.g. Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens Linked to morality but also to conditions of poverty and lack of education
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Crime as ‘infotainment’ 20th century - rise of sensationalist newspaper tabloids, magazines & TV Portrayed as being committed by ‘bad’ people on ‘good/innocent’ victims Strict enforcement as the solution to crime – instead of addressing social causes (e.g. poverty)
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Part II Newsworthiness and News Values
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Newsworthiness The vast majority of crimes are not reported in the media - only those that are considered newsworthy How much media coverage a crime receives depends on it level of newsworthiness Newsworthiness is determined by a range of news values
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News values Threshold Predictability Risk Sex
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