Neighborhood Context and Media Constructions of Murder: A Multilevel Analysis of Homicide Newspaper Coverage in Los Angeles County

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Abstract

Utilizing data from multiple local newspapers, this study examines disparities in the presence/absence and amount of newspaper coverage given to homicide victims in Los Angeles County, California. Multilevel logistic and negative binomial regressions indicate that the level of economic disadvantage and percentage of minority residents in/around the crime scene neighborhood negatively affects the presence/absence and rate of newspaper coverage. These findings contribute to the literature by highlighting the role of neighborhoods in the production of newspaper stories. This study has implications for the social construction of and criminal justice response to crime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-52
Number of pages28
JournalHomicide Studies
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • homicide coverage
  • media and crime
  • media distortion
  • neighborhood disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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