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Crime Statistics in the News

Journalism, Numbers and Social Deviation

Authors: Lugo-Ocando, Jairo

  • Raises questions about the relationship between statistics and crime reporting
  • Argues for a better understanding of how crimes are depicted in the media
  • Uses quantitative data to analyse the use of numbers in crime stories in the press
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Jairo Lugo-Ocando is a former news editor, correspondent and journalist who has worked for news outlets in Latin America and the United States. He is currently an Associated Professor in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds in the UK.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lugo-Ocando, Jairo

    Pages 1-16

  • Crime in the News

    Lugo-Ocando, Jairo

    Pages 17-47

  • How Crime Statistics Became News

    Lugo-Ocando, Jairo

    Pages 49-64

  • Media Representations of Crime Statistics

    Lugo-Ocando, Jairo

    Pages 65-78

  • Stabbing News: What Knife Crime Tells Us About Crime Statistics in the News Room

    Lugo-Ocando, Jairo

    Pages 79-101

Buy this book

eBook £45.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39841-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39840-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Crime Statistics in the News
Book Subtitle
Journalism, Numbers and Social Deviation
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39841-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39841-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39840-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 213
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 illustrations in colour
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