Crime and Local Television News: Dramatic, Breaking, and by Jeremy H. Lipschultz, Michael L. Hilt

By Jeremy H. Lipschultz, Michael L. Hilt

This quantity deals an research of crime assurance on neighborhood tv, exploring the character of neighborhood tv information and the continuing allure of crime tales. Drawing at the views of media reports, psychology, sociology, and criminology, authors Jeremy H. Lipschultz and Michael L. Hilt specialise in reside neighborhood tv insurance of crime and look at its irresistibility to audience and its influence on society's perceptions of itself. They position neighborhood tv information in its theoretical and ancient contexts, and look at it throughout the lens of criminal, moral, racial, getting older, and technological matters. In its accomplished exam of the way neighborhood tv newsrooms round the nation deal with assurance of crime, this compelling paintings discusses such debatable concerns because the use of crime insurance to construct rankings, and considers new types for reform of neighborhood television newscasts. the amount comprises nationwide survey facts from information managers and content material analyses from past due evening newscasts in a number markets, and integrates the speculation and perform of neighborhood tv information into the dialogue. Lipschultz and Hilt additionally undertaking the way forward for neighborhood tv information and are expecting the influence of social and technological alterations on information. As a provocative examine the criteria and forces shaping neighborhood information and crime insurance, Crime and native tv information makes an enormous contribution to the discussions happening in broadcast journalism, mass communique, media and society, and idea and examine classes. it's going to additionally curiosity all who think about the influence of neighborhood information content material and insurance.

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Issues that are attention-getting that generate compelling visual images, and that fit the fast-paced nature of broadcast news are especially likely to attract coverage. Crime is just such an issue ... local news coverage of crime ... is framed in ways that have far-reaching consequences for the ways in which people think about the issue of crime. (lyengar, 1997, p. 215) Once the basic facts of any breaking news story are determined by local television news stations, the focus shifts to an attempt to explain why the event took place.

The reality program often uses local crime stories in which suspects or convicts are on the loose. These are social constructions of reality that rarely are reported in traditional network news. com (January 8, 2000); KOAT-TV, Santa Fe, NM (October 13,1999); KXJB-TV, Fargo, ND (October 13,1999); Chris Graves, "Escaped Killer Bell Arrested," Minneapolis Star Tribune (January 10, 2000), p. 1 A. Convicted killer Kyle Bell. 1 Local TV News Crime Coverage Goes National. ) 18 THEORY AND RESEARCH ON CRIME NEWS 19 3.

During the 1980s and 1990s, a "technological wave" continued — smaller and lighter cameras, computerized newsrooms, digital editing and effects, portable microwave live links, and stylized graphics (Eastman & Ferguson, 1997, p. 206). At the same time, competitive pressures and news consulting encouraged coverage of breaking crime news as part of a trend begun in the early 1970s (Barrett, 1975). The model turned network affiliated local stations into "cash calves" bought and sold for more than $500 million (Dominick, Sherman, &Messere, 2000, p.

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