The Effect of Media on Crime Research Proposal by jose

The Effect of Media on Crime
A research proposal to examine how televised criminal reports and printed criminal news affect fear of crime.
# 109508 | 2,234 words | 7 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 02, 2008 in Communication (Journalism) , Communication (Television) , Criminology (General)

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The paper proposes a study that will determine how local television news and how reading newspapers, both as the primary sources of news, affect an individual's fear of crime. The paper provides a literature review and outlines the study's methods, design and potential benefits to the field.

Literature review
The Benefits to the Field

From the Paper:

"Researchers such as Van den Bulck (2004), Visser & Diederik (2000), Heath (1984), and Williams & Dickinson (1993) stress theories of the relationship between the impact of mass media and fear of crime. But there are researchers such as Chiricos & Gertz (2000) that stress the variables used in the studies to test the theories and reject it. Additionally, other researchers such as Weitzer & Kubrin (2004) try to emphasize both theories and the variables arguing that those variables make a difference. To understand the impact of media on fear of crime, one must review the major findings of recent researchers. Thus the aim of this study is to examine the affects of media on fear of crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chiricos, T., Padgett, K., & Gertz, M. (2000). Fear, TV news, and the reality of crime*. Criminology, 38 (3), 755-785.
  • De-Vaus, D.A. (1986). Finding a Sample, in De-Vaus, D.A. Surveys in Social Research. London: Allen & Uniwin. Pages 52-69.
  • Heath, Linda (1984). Impact of newspaper crime reports on fear of crime: Multimethodological investigation; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 263-276.
  • Koomen Willem; Visser Maaike; Stapel Diederik A (2000) the credibility of newspapers and fear of crime; Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 921-934.
  • Van den Bulck, J. (2004). Research note: the relationship between television fiction and fear of crime: an empirical comparison of three causal explanations. European Journal of Communication, 19, 239-248.

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