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October 19, 2005

If they don't bleed, you don't read!--Crime Beat Issues

Lou had mentioned in class today, "In general, the media usually puts a negative spin on the story." However, is this true about crime articles? I cannot recall when I read an article about a crime and had noticed that the reporters had put a negative spin on that article. It doesn't normally happen, does it? Maybe I just haven't noticed it. I also realize that being involved in a crime investigation allows a reporter to "bring out his or her own creativity at the expense of others" but doesn't the community want to know what is going on? How do we, as readers, expect to be aware of a crime if reporters aren't going to report them? (Just a different way spin from in class.)

Posted by ElyseBranam at October 19, 2005 12:57 PM


When you're talking about violent crime, or emergencies such as fires and accidents, the breaking news is often more important than the emotional responses of bystanders or the opinions of community leaders as to what this incident means. But once the initial reports are filed, and once the "angle" starts to develop, creativity on the part of the reporter, and spin on the part of community leaders (and even possibly suspects) comes into play.

Any reports of white-collar crime (involving company executives, or political corruption, or what have you) is going to be swimming on a sea of spin, from the very start.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 19, 2005 01:35 PM

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