Crime is arguably the most covered media topic today, and because of this, the way crime is presented to the public by the media has become increasingly important. Current available research shows that violent crime is overrepresented, painting a picture that violent crime is constantly happening. This is largely due to media logic and the idea that crime is a high selling story and is easily fit into the media frames already available. This particular project looks to determine if there are differences in the way similar countries media portrays crime. For this comparison I was sure to use two countries similar in culture, laws, and type of government; Australia and the United States. Through qualitative content analysis, I determined that both countries’ local media included an extreme overrepresentation of violent crime. For the purpose of this research violent crime was defined through the UCR definition which includes four crimes in this category; murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. My coding schematic allowed me to find a percentage of violent crime present in the local news sources. In comparing these numbers with the actual crime statistics, I found the Australian news source to paint a more ‘tabloid’ picture, rather than provide stories with factual evidence. This cumulated into a finished presentation on my work, a poster presentation, as well as future research that is being worked on currently.
- Paper Presentation
- Criminal Justice
This is a qualitative content analysis of local crime news in two countries; Australia and the United States. The researcher looked to discover differences in the presentation of the news in local media sources.