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Murder in our Midst: Comparing Crime Coverage Ethics in an Age of Globalized News

Romayne Smith Fullerton and Maggie Jones Patterson


Crime stories attract audiences and social buzz, but they also serve as prisms for perceived threats. As immigration, technological change, and globalization reshape our world, anxiety spreads. Because journalism plays a role in how the public adjusts to moral and material upheaval, this unease raises the ethical stakes. Reporters can spread panic or encourage reconciliation by how they tell these stories. Murder in Our Midst uses crime coverage in select North American and Western European countries as a key to examine culturally constructed concepts like privacy, public, public right to know ... More

Keywords: journalism, crime, transnational, culture, ethics, values, reporting, comparison, international

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863531
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Romayne Smith Fullerton, author
Associate Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario

Maggie Jones Patterson, author
Professor of Journalism, Duquesne University