Media and Crime

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Undergraduate Assignment Cover Sheet School of Human and Health Sciences |Student Name: |Rita Kybaite | |Student ID: |U1068438010 | |Module Code: |HFB1010 | |Date Submitted: |18/01/11 | By submitting this work you are confirming that it is your own work and that all sources used have been accurately cited in text and referenced in the reference list. You are also confirming that the essay…show more content…
As Cohen (1963) remarked, the press may not be very successful in telling us what to think, but it is stunningly successful in telling what to think about (Dickinson, 1998, p. 27)! To understand media effects on audience, example must be taken and analysed. Two news website articles were taken on The Soham murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells. In one of the most widely reported and harrowing of child murders in Britain’s history is the abduction and murder of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in August 2002, the nature of the location of the crime, the Cambridge village of Soham, was regularly commented on by the media. The following extract is from The Guardian: Soham is the slightly down – at – heal town of 8,700 an inward – looking rural place… ‘This is the sort of place where I have always told my daughter to run to the nearest house if there is any problem. Now what do I tell her?’ said Terry Skelton, whose daughter, Samantha, 12, knew both girls (Ferguson, 2002). Although such crimes are reacted to with outrage wherever they occur, the fact that they have occurred in rural areas adds an extra, almost sensationalized, element to the way that they are reported in the media. Indeed, so much that when serious crimes, occur in such areas, they tend to make bigger news than if they had occurred in more ‘expected’ places.

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