How is does Media Coverage of Crime Influence Feelings of Insecurity?

By: Constance Nothomb

Today’s media coverage on crime is based on market-driven criteria. Newspapers want to attract as many people as possible instead of simply diffusing information. This gave birth to a strict selection process of ‘newsworthiness’. In short, a crime is interesting to cover if it atypical: particularly brutal, mysterious, involving socially prominent persons. And so a situation arises, wherein we feel much more unsafe than we actually are … (read more)