Crime Statistics in the News: Journalism, Numbers and Social Deviation

By Jairo Lugo-Ocando

This book offers a comparative exploration of how journalists across different newsrooms around the world access and interpret statistics when producing stories related to crime. Looking at the nature of news sources regularly used by journalists, Lugo-Ocando analyses how these numbers are used to report crime.

As the author argues, far from being straightforward, the relationship between numbers and journalists in the context of crime reporting is complex, and at times, problematic. Because the reporting of crime statistics impacts upon policymaking, we need to better understand how these statistics are used and reported in order to improve the process of decision.

Finally, Lugo-Ocando maintains that the only way to create a fairer justice system and a better-informed general public is by improving the way crime is covered in the news. A compelling and informed text, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of criminology and journalism alike.

Jairo Lugo-Ocando an Associated Professor in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds in the UK, and an IAMCR member.

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Crime Statistics in the News: Journalism, Numbers and Social Deviation
Author: Jairo Lugo-Ocando
Published: 2017
Pages: 213
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137398406

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