A Learning Experience for the Reader, the Possible Victim
It was interesting to read these crime reporting tips because it mentioned that one of the reasons readers like to read about crime is because they can know why a law was broken, or how, and how this crime can be prevented. This interested me because it shows that not all readers read crime stories for entertainment, but to keep a hold of their own safety, and to be knowledgable about certain laws that have been covered in crime stories. All news is a learning experience to some extent, but I think that difference with crime stories is that readers are learning for their own benefit; it could affect them personally. For example, if one is reading about a murder in their small town, then they learn that their town isn't so safe as it's said to be, and will cause them to be more cautious and alert. Readers aren't just learning about what's going on, but learning how to prevent certain crimes and how they happen, ultimately connecting to them personally.
I liked how this reading emphasized the importance of the victims. Sometimes, I feel like the victims aren't given as much "attention" (I know that's not the best word) as the actual law breakers are. That angers me because the thiefs, murderers, rapists, etc. shouldn't be given any more attention than just simply letting the readers know who this person is and what they did. It bothers me when reporters go into a long story about law breakers sometimes. The victim's experience and thoughts should be involved more since readers can, most of the time, relate better with the victims. I do understand, though, that it is important for those who committed the crimes to be featured since that is how the crime story even came about.