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American Journal of Police

ISSN: 0735-8547
Merged into: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Online from: 1995

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Image control: how police affect the presentation of crime news

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Title:Image control: how police affect the presentation of crime news
Author(s):Steven Chermak, (Indiana University - Bloomington)
Citation:Steven Chermak, (1995) "Image control: how police affect the presentation of crime news", American Journal of Police, Vol. 14 Iss: 2, pp.21 - 43
Keywords:Crime, News media
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/07358549510102730 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Public opinion and political ideology affect the way in which police departments formulate responses to crime. Examines how departments construct public images to ensure favorable media presentation. Uses direct observation of news production process for more specific data on how police sources impact on crime-news presentation. Finds that news media can hold police accountable to the public, but news media are also businesses and have to provide news that will attract consumers. News media rely on willing participants to produce crime stories cost-effectively. Police look to the media to reaffirm their status as law enforcers; they invest resources in helping the media and thus influence crime presentation. Finds that police categorization of crime is self-promoting and supportive of traditional responses, while reporters are not critical of police.

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