alexa Television Newsmagazine Coverage of Child Sexual Abuse

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Television Newsmagazine Coverage of Child Sexual Abuse

Many scholars, both in crime reporting and media studies, suggest that this attention to newsworthiness leads the media to overemphasize some crimes and deemphasize others. One reason for this is that socalled newsworthy stories fit the media’s preference for “episodic” rather than “thematic” news stories. Journalists, particularly crime reporters, have a tendency to focus upon discrete cases because they are easier to sell as stories instead of focusing on overarching themes, which are more difficult. In other words they highlight specific incidents of crime rather than crime as a phenomenon. This tendency-along with their focus upon dramatic stories-can lead viewers to attribute blame to individual victims and perpetrators “rather than to the broad societal forces...Read More

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