Faculty Publications

Title

Comparing large and small metropolitan newspaper coverage of delinquency with arrest data: Differential coverage or more of the same?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Crime, Delinquency, Media, Newspapers, UCR

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Criminal Justice Studies

Volume

24

Issue

3

First Page

269

Last Page

290

Abstract

It is generally assumed and expected that newspapers do not portray an accurate picture of crime. However, little research exists to confirm this misrepresentation as it relates to juvenile offenders in small compared to large metropolitan areas. The purpose of this study is to assess how accurate small and large Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) newspapers are in their depiction of juvenile offenders compared to Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data and whether or not the degree of accuracy differs across different sized metropolitan areas. An analysis of 953 articles reveals that small and large MSAs differentially cover juvenile offenders and that this coverage differs by gender. It is equally clear that newspaper coverage of delinquency in both small and large MSAs does not accurately represent arrest statistics and that this accuracy also differs by both MSA size and gender. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1080/1478601X.2011.593966

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