Crime in TV, the News, and Film provides a fresh look at the interplay between criminal events and the media outlets that cover them. The authors’ diverse backgrounds— a criminologist researcher, a documentarian and media professor, a police officer, and a criminologist who is a former TV reporter— allow for frank discussion. Combining field experience with criminological research, the book gives insight to the everyday media operations that can produce most people’s views on crime and profoundly influence public opinion— public opinion that often frames public policy.
Viewers of crime dramas and consumers of news will gain a new understanding of the way their programs are produced. Readers will become more aware of the issues and biases that sometimes cloud perceptions of crime and criminals. Finally, both experts and scholars interested in the subject will improve their discernment of media stories and media depictions, shining a light on crime in a hazy field. This book can be used in the classroom for an array of courses in the fields of media and communications, criminology, sociology, and more.
Beth E. Adubato is associate professor of criminal justice at Saint Peter’s University and a former television journalist.
Nicole M. Sachs is a criminal justice researcher and adjunct professor of criminal justice.
Donald F. Fizzinoglia is professor of communication arts at the NY Institute of Technology and an independent filmmaker.
John M. Swiderski is a police officer.
Chapter 1: What’s So New About News?
Chapter 2: Murder in the First Degree
Chapter 3: Murder in the First Block
Chapter 4: “True” Crime Shows
Chapter 5: News You Can’t Use
Chapter 6: It’s All in the Genes
Chapter 7: The Unbearable Weight of Being Black
Chapter 8: Damsels in Distress
Chapter 9: Missing Pretty White Girls
Chapter 10: It’s Hard Being a Girl…Even Harder Being a Girl of Color
Chapter 11: Good Cops, Bad Cops, Dirty Cops, and Mad Cops: Five Hollywood Films
Chapter 12: From the TV Screen to the Ballot Box
There is a disconnect between the realities of crime and the way crime is represented in U.S. news and entertainment media. In Crime in TV, the News, and Film: Misconceptions, Mischaracterizations, and Misinformation, Adubato and colleagues adopt a multidisciplinary approach to highlight the nature of crime, victim, and offender representations in the media, reality, and the causes and impacts of the gulf between what people observe in media and reality. This book is a must read for any person who is interested in the ways media representations of crime, victims, and offenders influence daily life and society.
This timely work shows how media portrayals of crime in the news and in entertainment, including film and television, shape society's views and biases about crime, criminals, victims, and justice. In 12 chapters, authors from the fields of journalism, criminal justice, and film provide readers and researchers with a clearer understanding of how media portrayals of crime are created, produced, and depicted. The chapters provide relevant and impactful examples of how well-known, crime-based media productions reconcile with actual crime statistics and research. Readers will gain insight into how US news media outlets, television, and film depict crime, criminals, victims, police, and the criminal justice system. This book would make an especially good addition to course readings for criminal justice, communication studies, and film and television studies at both undergraduate and graduate levels of study. Recommended for undergraduates through faculty and general readers.