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Author Lugo-Ocando, Jairo,
Title Crime statistics in the news : journalism, numbers and social deviation / Jairo Lugo-Ocando.
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]

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Author Lugo-Ocando, Jairo,
Subject Crime and the press.
Judicial statistics -- Press coverage.
Criminal statistics -- Press coverage.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 213 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Crime in the news -- How crime statistics become news -- Media representations of crime statistics -- Stabbing news : what knife crime tells us about crime statistics in the news room -- News, public policy and crime statistics -- Spinning crime statistics -- Visualising crime statistics -- Crime statistics and the public.
Contents -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- 1: Introduction -- Where toA Begin -- From Then toA Now -- Beyond Statistics -- Big Thanks -- References -- 2: Crime inA theA News -- Crime News -- Mediatisation ofA Crime -- Moral Panic andA Crime News -- Media Securitization -- Agenda Setting -- General Framework -- References -- 3: How Crime Statistics Became News -- From Then toA Now -- Zero Tolerance forA Numbers -- Tough onA Causes? -- Post Tough Period -- References -- 4: Media Representations ofA Crime Statistics
Statistics asA Source andA Fact Media Portrayal -- References -- 5: Stabbing News: What Knife Crime Tells Us About Crime Statistics inA theA News Room -- Methodology andA Approaches -- Theory andA Background -- General Findings -- Conclusions -- References -- 6: News, Public Policy andA Crime Statistics -- The Policy Numbers -- Conclusion -- References -- 7: Spinning Crime Statistics -- Crisis Time -- Professional Communication -- Not Only About Communication -- A Force forA Good? -- References -- 8: Visualising Crime Statistics
Graphic Understanding Key Graphics -- Other Forms ofA Representation -- Conclusion -- References -- 9: Crime Statistics andA theA Public -- The Importance ofA Numbers -- Understanding Numbers -- References -- 10: Conclusion -- a#x80;#x9C;Dataficationa#x80;#x9D; ofA Life -- Daily Crime -- References -- References
Summary 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.-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781137398413 (electronic bk.)
1137398418 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/978-1-137-39841-3
OCLC # 1005870507
Additional Format Print version: Lugo-Ocando, Jairo. Crime statistics in the news. London, United Kingdom : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] 9781137398406 (DLC) 2017954749 (OCoLC)991782270.