The rise of mobile and social media means that everyday crime news is now more immediate, more visual, and more democratically produced than ever. Offering new and innovative ways of understanding the relationship between media and crime, Media and Crime in the U.S. critically examines the influence of media coverage of crimes on culture and identity in the United States and across the globe. With comprehensive coverage of the theories, research, and key issues, acclaimed author Yvonne Jewkes and award-winning professor Travis Linnemann have come together to shed light on some of the most troubling questions surrounding media and crime today. The free open-access Student Study site at features web quizzes, web resources, and more. Instructors, sign in at for additional resources!

The Construction of Crime News

The Construction of Crime News

The Construction of Crime News


Chapter 2 provides:

  • An analysis of how crime news is “manufactured” along ideological lines.
  • An understanding of the ways in which the demands and constraints of news production intertwine with the perceived interests of the target audience to produce a set of organizational “news values.”
  • An overview of 12 key news values that are prominent in the construction of crime news at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Discussion of the ways in which the construction of news sets the agenda for public and political debate.
  • Two case studies of archetypal newsworthy stories.
  • An examination of how new technologies are changing the ways in which news is produced and consumed.

Key Terms

  • agenda-setting 43
  • binary oppositions 51
  • celebrity 55
  • citizen journalist 73
  • crime news 42
  • ethnocentrism 59
  • fake news ...
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