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NCJ Number: 136177 Find in a Library
Title: Representing Order: Crime, Law, and Justice in the News Media
Author(s): R V Ericson; P M Baranek; J B L Chan
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 392
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto Press
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2W8, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8020-6804-9
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Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: "Representing Order" analyzes the news media including the different mediums and formats, market orientation, content, and role in society.
Abstract: Five components of representation in news communication are identified: visualizing, symbolizing, authorizing, staging, and convincing. News is seen as a vehicle to bring about order in the lives of the populace and serves as a form of social control with regard to issues of crime, law, and justice. The law and news media are viewed as agencies of policing with shared goals such as conflict resolution and keeping the peace. This relationship is evidenced by the dominance of justice stories in the news. As instruments for social reform, news media and the law focus on failure and what needs to be done to achieve success. The influences of television are evidenced by the changes in formatting for newspapers and radio including the increased use of visuals. Medium formats and market orientation influence news sources with sources choosing the best outlet suited to their needs. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Media coverage; Social control theory
Index Term(s): Social reform; Visual communications
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