How do the media influence the public’s perception of crime?

Apr 16th, 2015
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How do the media influence the public’s perception of crime? What are similarities and differences between qualitative and quantitative research? Which one has a more significant role in criminological research? Why?

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How do the media influence the public's perception of crime?The media plays a powerful role in influencing the public's perception of crime. If a news outlet only reports on crime in a particular geographical area the members of the public viewing the news will develop a perception that the crime is a major problem in this geographical area. If the news or other media outlets is constantly bombarding the public with crime stores, the public will develop a fear of crime even if the crime problem is not that bad. In other words crime rates could be going down in a particular community but because the media reports the few crimes that still occur the public believes the crime rate is up. For example in some cities the media is constantly reporting gang murders but in truth the murder rate in the country has been steadily declining in the last ten year (Murrey, 2008). Because tha

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