Date of Defense
Susan Caringella-MacDonald, Socioloy
Ronald Kramer, Sociology
Zoann Snyder-Joy, Sociology
Media continually present an erroneous and incomplete image of criminals and criminal activities. Comparisons of official statistics and news media statistics show that the latter concentrate on "street" crimes (murder, rape, assault, etc.) and all but ignore the most frequent crimes of burglary and theft. According to official reports, this picture is backwards to what is actually happening in society. When the media present a distorted reality they can cause unnecessary fear and prejudice within the general public. To be able to better understand the pros and cons relating to the news media and crime, this paper will concentrate on the history of newspapers reporting crime, how television "creates" the news, how individuals process and interpret media information, and recommendations for policy changes.
McBride, Andria R., "Making Heroes Out of Villians" (1993). Honors Theses. 466.
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