A child has a greater chance of being killed by lightning than in school. But you'd never know it from the flood of news coverage the followed the Columbine school shooting. An analysis of those articles as well as coverage of youth violence in general reveals what is missing from and what is overly hyped in stories on youth and crime. BMSG director and former BMSG researcher John McManus explain their study and its implications in this article.
by Lori Dorfman, John McManus |
San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, May 4, 2003
The Laci Peterson killing drew reporters from around the globe, but what about other violence against women? Most doesn't meet today's standards of newsworthiness for crime because it's not dramatic together. In this article, BMSG director Lori Dorfman and Stanford University's John McManus offer research showing that the process for selecting what is or isn't newsworthy is systemically flawed, especially when it comes to covering violence against women.
Intimate partner violence is commonplace, yet it is rarely newsworthy enough to make headlines. This article highlights research from the Berkeley Media Studies Group report Distracted by Drama, an analysis of all the articles on intimate partner violence that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and San Jose Mercury News in 2000.