Covering victims in the news: what makes minority homicides newsworthy?

Author(s) Gruenewald, Jeff, Steven M. Chermak & Jesenia M. Pizarro
Title Covering victims in the news: what makes minority homicides newsworthy?
Source Justice Quarterly,2011, pp 1-29
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA 
Summary

This study compares the actual incidence of homicide, using police investigation files, to the representation of homicide in the local print news. The researchers examine news print media coverage of all homicides occurring in Newark, NJ between 1997 and 2007. Particular areas of interest were homicides involving Hispanic victims and those with female victims. It was found that age and race/ethnicity of the victim did not influence local news print media coverage of female or male homicides. It was found though that female homicides involving Hispanic victims received significantly more attention than homicides of other races, particularly black. In contrast it was found that homicides involving male Hispanic victims received significantly less news media attention. There was increased news coverage when a firearm was involved in the homicide or if there was an inter-racial homicide. The authors suggest future research to replicate the findings in other locations.

Keywords Media; race; gender; homicide
Topic Media