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NCJ Number: 159967 Find in a Library
Title: Reporter I: Cops, Killers and Crispy Critters (From The Culture of Crime, P 35-45, 1995, Craig L LaMay and Everette E Dennis, eds. -- See NCJ-159964)
Author(s): D Simon
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Transaction Publishers
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Sale Source: Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-the State University
140 West Ethel Road
Units L-M
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author, a police reporter for the Baltimore Sun, argues that newspaper reporting on crime should do a better job in portraying to the public the human cost, emotions, and perspectives associated with criminal behavior, victim impact, and police investigations.
Abstract: According to the author, much of a city's pain associated with crime is recorded in a four-paragraph formula for each incident, which is then used as filler on an obscure page deep inside the newspaper. Inner-city violence, the urban drug trade, and the devaluation of black and Hispanic life in America's cities has become so common that they are no longer worth more to newspaper circulation than a short, passionless account. It is a bold editor who picks one inner-city rape or one drug murder and tells reporters to pursue every detail of a story that seems routine. It also takes a creative reporter to write the story from a realistic perspective that draws the reader into the horror, coldness, cruel, and painful aspects of human behavior reflected in commonplace crimes. The author does not argue for sensationalism but rather for a narrative form of reporting that communicates to the reader the feelings, attitudes, and behaviors of those involved, including offenders, victims, witnesses, and police.
Main Term(s): Police attitudes
Index Term(s): Citizen reactions to crime; Media coverage; Public Opinion of Crime
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