This study assessed how newspaper coverage of homicides corresponds to the epidemiology of homicide.
Stories in the Los Angeles Times about homicide (n=2782) were compared with the homicides that occurred in Los Angeles County from 1990 through 1994 (n=9442).
The generalized linear model assessed how victim, incident, and suspect characteristics related to ceverage.
Even when multiple variables were taken into account, some homicides (those with female, child, or elderly victims ; those in whealthier neighborhoods) received more coverage and others (those with Balck or Hispanic victims or victims with less than a high school education ; those committed with nonfirearm weapons ; those in which the suspect was an intimate of the victim) received less coverage than expected.
Some homicides are more newsworthy than others.
Potential implications of not providing the public with representative data are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Meurtre, Violence, Média, Epidémiologie, Incidence, Source information, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Victimologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Murder, Violence, Media, Epidemiology, Incidence, Information source, Human, United States, North America, America, Victimology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0491600
Code Inist : 002B18F01. Création : 19/02/1999.