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Paper submitted and presented to the Mass Communication and Society Division 2004 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Convention Toronto. Commissioned by the University of Southern California Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism and the group Criminal Justice Journalists.

Date of Submission

July 2014


This study examines the quantity and quality of crime coverage on television and its perceived impact on public policy. It discusses various stations’ attempts to address the concern that there is “too much crime on local TV newscasts.” The paper explores three techniques that can make such coverage more relevant to viewers: adoption of crime coverage guidelines, use of interactive crime Web sites and, most notably, the coverage of crime from a public health perspective.

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VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture Faculty Presentations