Title page for ETD etd-11172010-142309

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Tumblin, Dana Marie
URN etd-11172010-142309
Title The Blame is in the Frame: Inter-reality Comparisons of Crime Reports and Local News Crime Coverage on the Internet
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sanders, Meghan Committee Chair
Lawrence, Regina Committee Member
Shipka, Danny Committee Member
  • inter-reality
  • Internet
  • crime
Date of Defense 2010-10-20
Availability unrestricted
Research of crime news suggests that Blacks are over represented as criminals when compared to crime reports; study of race and crime judgments reveals that viewers with heavy amounts of television news viewing associate Blacks with crime more often than viewers who watch lower amounts of television news. Further complicating the perception of Blacks is their lack of diversified coverage in the news. Most coverage of Blacks frames them as liabilities to their communities, while offering few positive depictions to counter the Black criminality frame. The Internet may aid in exacerbating stereotypes of Blacks by allowing users to selectively expose themselves to more crime news than they would receive from traditional media. Prior studies of race and crime coverage have analyzed Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia news. The current study seeks to reveal if Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s local news websites present an accurate reflection of the crime committed in Baton Rouge and endeavors to reveal the amount of positive, counteractive depictions of Blacks present on such websites.
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