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News Media Analysis

In Weeks One through Three, you reviewed the first three pages of the local newspaper and editorial section, reviewed news from an online source, or reviewed the first 10 minutes of the local news on television for stories on crime. You determined the approximate percentage of stories from those sources that dealt with crime, the nature of the crime chronicled, and the location of the story in the source (e.g., front page, leading story, etc.).

For this week’s assignment, in 3-5 pages:

(1) Summarize your observations of the local news media stories over a three-week period.

(2) Explain how the media influences the criminal justice policy process.

(3) Analyze the news stories to determine how news stories are affecting crime control policies of the local criminal justice system (i.e., police, courts, or corrections) serving your community.

(4) Evaluate the role of media influence on criminal justice policy in your local community or state based on your analysis.

A few hints here: For (2) above, consider how TV shows, movies and other media have effected criminal justice policy. The CSI effect is not an example of a policy change. Please be sure to focus on the influence the media has had on policy.

For (3) above, find a current news story to analyze and include that in your finished work. You must include a citation and properly formatted reference that leads me to the article you used.

Somin, I. (2013, October 20)
Grossmann, M. (2012). Interest group influence on US policy change: An assessment based on policy history. Retrieved October 23, 2015.

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Summary of Observations on Local Media
During the three weeks, the local news media stories that I observed were mainly related to crime. I especially kept a journal on narratives from the ABC 7 platform, which provides news related to Los Angeles and California. I observed at least 41 one stories. Of these at least 68 percent (28) stories, addressed the issue of crime. Nonetheless, the news articles on property crimes category were the majority. Property crimes, in this case, included larceny, burglary, motor vehicle theft, vandalism, shoplifting, and arson. Second on order were violent crimes and such included homicide, robbery with violence, sexual assault, murder, manslaughter, abduction, rape, negligence, and endangerment. Another important thing that I noted was that, in line with Surette’s (2014) findings, crime was more pronounced in certain communities when compared to others. For example, at least 49 percent of the crime stories that I read involved implicated black Americans.
I also noted something important about the criminal justice processes. As such, for each crime incidence, the law enforcement officers initiated investigations. This was regardless of the culprit being identified or not (Surette, 2014). Nevertheless, some stories reported that police used exceeding force when dealing with the suspects....

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