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October 18, 2005

A Lucritive Business

Newswritng--El 227

When I read the "Covering Crime and Justice" piece I made a startling realization. That crime reporters are the busiest! That shows how low our standards are as a society. But what if crime goes dramiticallty down, since crime reporting is the best source of news according to the piece would the editors of the newspapers or the producers of the newscasts would allow business to drop. If actual crime goes down, do you think the coverage of it will go up to keep the public interested?

Posted by KevinHinton at October 18, 2005 8:53 PM


It's a sad commentary on our society, that the crime reporters are the busiest. It would be nice if editors were faced with that problem. Even if crime goes down, as long as human nature exists, there will be crime reporting. Nevertheless, some crime reporting protects citizens; especially, if it involves a serial rapist or murderer.

Posted by: NancyGregg at October 18, 2005 10:39 PM

Actually, Kevin, Krajicek cited several examples in the readings in which crime rates dropped, but journalists -- through their reporting techniques and writing styles -- made it seem like crime was becoming worse.

I think that it's logical to assume that some newspapers would find a way to sensationalize even the smallest, most insignificant crimes, if that would help them keep or boost their readership.

Posted by: ChrisU at October 19, 2005 10:21 AM

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