Sex crime and the media: sex offending and the press in a by Chris Greer

By Chris Greer

Intercourse crime has turn into a significant factor in public lifestyles, and a space of excessive public and political main issue. intercourse offenders became society's such a lot reviled deviants, a method within which the media have performed a key position. knowing press illustration of intercourse crime, and the way and why those are produced, is vital to the best way intercourse crime has been perceived, but little targeted study or research has been conducted into how this has occurred. Drawing upon the perspectives of either newshounds and practitioners, the e-book additionally formulates transparent concepts for optimistic and lifelike swap, either within the method the clicking document intercourse crime and within the manner that suitable corporations act as assets within the information creation strategy. it is going to support advertise a lot wanted swap in the media and appropriate statutory and voluntary organisations.

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The autonomy of the newsprint media, understated by much of the research conducted from the radical perspective, can be crucial in this process. Indeed, the Irish News editor went on to explain that his newspaper’s Nationalist line and its subsequent inclination to challenge on issues of policy and practice have engendered levels of tension with the police which are not experienced by other news agencies: There would be a certain amount of tension with the police. Certainly, when I worked at the [Belfast] Telegraph … there would have been a reasonably friendly, cordial relationship between the police press office and the paper.

Editorial influence is both commercially and ideologically geared to maintain, or ideally augment, the newspaper’s readership in a highly competitive market, irrespective of what the owner’s personal preferences may be. This has important implications for the representation of sex crime. The following chapters illustrate that it is less a question of how journalists believe the problem of sex crime should be reported – though many have clear views on that matter. Rather, it is a question of how their seniors within the newsroom (most notably editors), influenced by wider commercial concerns and, in particular, the nature of the market, directly or indirectly shape journalists’ reportage.

How journalists and newspapers are approached or received can influence profoundly a source’s success in securing access and influence in the press. One more (inter-related and overlapping) area of influence requires consideration here – the influence of culture and, in particular, political culture on news production in Northern Ireland. Political-cultural Determinants of News Production One key assumption underpinning both radical and liberal pluralist interpretations of news production is that of the ‘consensual’ nature of society.

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