Crime and Local Television News: Dramatic, Breaking, and Live from the Scene

Crime and Local Television News: Dramatic, Breaking, and Live from the Scene

by Jeremy H. Lipschultz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805836209

ISBN-13: 9780805836202

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This volume offers an analysis of crime coverage on local television, exploring the nature of local television news and the ongoing appeal of crime stories. Drawing on the perspectives of media studies, psychology, sociology, and criminology, authors Jeremy H. Lipschultz and Michael L. Hilt focus on live local television coverage of crime and examine its

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This volume offers an analysis of crime coverage on local television, exploring the nature of local television news and the ongoing appeal of crime stories. Drawing on the perspectives of media studies, psychology, sociology, and criminology, authors Jeremy H. Lipschultz and Michael L. Hilt focus on live local television coverage of crime and examine its irresistibility to viewers and its impact on society's perceptions of itself. They place local television news in its theoretical and historical contexts, and consider it through the lens of legal, ethical, racial, aging, and technological concerns.

In its comprehensive examination of how local television newsrooms around the country address coverage of crime, this compelling work discusses such controversial issues as the use of crime coverage to build ratings, and considers new models for reform of local TV newscasts. The volume includes national survey data from news managers and content analyses from late night newscasts in a range of markets, and integrates the theory and practice of local television news into the discussion. Lipschultz and Hilt also project the future of local television news and predict the impact of social and technological changes on news.

As a provocative look at the factors and forces shaping local news and crime coverage, Crime and Local Television News makes an important contribution to the discussions taking place in broadcast journalism, mass communication, media and society, and theory and research courses. It will also interest all who consider the impact of local news content and coverage.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805836202
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
Routledge Communication Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: D. Potter, Foreword. Preface. Introduction to Local Television News. Theory and Research on Crime News. Crime News as Ratings Builders. Legal Aspects of Crime News Coverage. Ethics. Coverage of the Courts, Prisons, and Capital Punishment. Case Study: Three Nebraska Executions. Minorities and Crime News. Crime News and the Elderly. Television and the Future of Local Crime News.

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