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

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This quantity deals an research of crime assurance on neighborhood tv, exploring the character of neighborhood tv information and the continued attraction of crime tales. Drawing at the views of media stories, psychology, sociology, and criminology, authors Jeremy H. Lipschultz and Michael L. Hilt specialise in dwell neighborhood tv assurance of crime and consider its irresistibility to audience and its impression on society's perceptions of itself. They position neighborhood tv information in its theoretical and ancient contexts, and look at it during the lens of felony, moral, racial, getting older, and technological matters. In its finished exam of the way neighborhood tv newsrooms round the nation tackle insurance of crime, this compelling paintings discusses such debatable matters because the use of crime assurance to construct scores, and considers new versions for reform of neighborhood television newscasts. the amount contains nationwide survey facts from information managers and content material analyses from past due evening newscasts in a variety of markets, and integrates the idea and perform of neighborhood tv information into the dialogue. Lipschultz and Hilt additionally venture the way forward for neighborhood tv information and expect the impression of social and technological adjustments on information. As a provocative examine the criteria and forces shaping neighborhood information and crime insurance, Crime and native tv information makes an immense contribution to the discussions occurring in broadcast journalism, mass communique, media and society, and concept and learn classes. it's going to additionally curiosity all who ponder the influence of neighborhood information content material and assurance.

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Surette (1998) suggested that media images locate the causes of crime in individuals and support society's approach to dealing with criminals: "These messages translate into support for law-and-order policies and existing criminal justice agencies" (p. 82). Police department spokespersons, public information officers, and other authorities become the experts in setting the limits of which facts are viewed as important. So, although early in a breaking news story eyewitness accounts are important, norms of accuracy and the need to explain leads to a later emphasis on official sources.

4- Cultural rules help define events as newsworthy. Social rules assign a weight to specific stories. Geographic rules set boundaries which limit the distance a news organization might travel. Temporal rules govern the time frame within which an event occurs. In the case of local television news coverage of crime, cultural rules would guide an assignment editor's decisions about covering an event. Social rules would guide a producer in the placement of the story within a newscast. Geographic rules guide various newsroom employees to make decisions about the allocation of scarce resources—namely, time and money.

INTRODUCTION TO LOCAL TELEVISION NEWS It was not always the case that local television news crime coverage overwhelmed reporting of issues. A combination of business practices, technological changes, and news formatting opened the door to what we see on local television news today. RISE IN LOCAL TV NEWS POPULARITY AND SIGNIFICANCE During the 1950s and 1960s, few local television news operations were profitable. Then, in 1970, the ABC network affiliate in Sioux City, IA, showed that by investing in the local newsroom, viewer loyalty could increase ratings and profits (Westin, 2000).

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