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ARTICLE: The death of Robert Dziekanski changed the way Tasers are written about

The Canadian newspapers’ discourse on the use of Tasers changed after Robert Dziekanski died after the device was deployed against him, write Nicole Neverson, of Ryerson University, and Charles T. Adeyanju, of University of Prince Edward Island. The authors analysed 150 news articles (of a total of 304 discovered articles), published on the topic between … Continued

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ARTICLE: News on corruption differ by country and paper

Newspapers’ coverage of corruption is different in different countries – and in different papers, a study by Paolo Mancini, Marco Mazzoni, Rita Marchetti, all of University of Perugia, and Alessio Cornia from University of Oxford (names not in original order). The authors algorithmically analysed over 100 000 news articles from Italy, France, and the United … Continued

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ARTICLE: Reporting crime in Southern Europe riddled with problems

Crime journalism in Portugal, Spain, and Italy is difficult and in ways counterproductive for informing the public, write Maggie Jones Patterson, of Duquesne Universit, Romayne Smith Fullerton, of the University of Western Ontario, and Jorge Tuñón Navarro, of University Carlos III. The authors analysed crime news and interviews from 41 crime reporters from the three … Continued

ARTICLE: Police use press credentials as tools of control

The press credentials issued by US police departments were and still are mainly a tool to control the departments’ publicity, write Mary Angela Bock, Melissa Suran, and Laura Marina Boria González, all from the University of Texas at Austin. The authors investigated the credentialing policies of US’s 100 largest cities’ police departments, and interviewed public … Continued

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ARTICLE: Changing legal definitions of a journalist

Blogging and citizen journalism have blurred the definition of who is a journalist from a legal perspective. A new article by Jane Johnston of the University of Queensland and Anne Wallace of Edith Cowan University studies this issue. The research examines how courts, legislators and policy makers are dealing with the challenges of redefining the … Continued

ARTICLE: News increase the fear of juvenile criminals

Both elite and popular newspapers, along with news blogs, fuel the exaggerated fear of juvenile delinquents, write Nel Ruigrok, of Erasmus University Rotterdam; Wouter van Atteveldt, of VU University Amsterdam; Amsterdam-based communications consultant Sarah Gagestein; and Carina Jacobi, of University of Vienna. The authors compared the juvenile crime coverage in five Dutch newspapers and two … Continued

ARTICLE: Mafia turns into a business in Italian press

Since 2009 Italian press has adopted a narrative in which organized crime is pictured as a business, write Anna di Ronco, of Ghent University and Anita Lavorgna, of University of Southampton. The authors algorithmically analyzed approximately 500 news stories related to organized crime, that were published in Italian newspapers between 2000 and 2014. The analysis … Continued

ARTICLE: Violent women in tabloids in Finland

Women as perpetrators of violence are often portrayed as strong agents with an antisocial will to hurt others, write Satu Venäläinen. The focus of her new article is on the ways in which women’s violence is made meaningful in Finnish tabloids. The analysis attempts to dissect the ways in which the identities of “feminine women” and “violent women” … Continued

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BOOK: Media representations of a murder case

How are crime and legal issues covered in the media? A recent book in Finnish by Elina Noppari, Pentti Raittila and Pirita Männikkö of the University of Tampere studies the news coverage of the 2006 Ulvila murder case from Finland. The book focuses on what kind of impressions media created of the murder suspect during … Continued