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I am also new to CrimSpace. I am just beginning work on the Concept Paper for my dissertation, now entitled: "Media Coverage on Homicide Suicide in Domestic Violence". I have found the coverage of this issue is limited, often brief, inaccurate and fails to address the dynamics of domestic violence. This coverage then impacts the public's understanding of this complex issue.
You've really nailed it; it is the lack of media coverage and specifically the LACK of accurate, realistic media coverage.
I think I'd like tos ee the quote you mentioned as I can see that part of the media's coverage may well be to inspire and produce fear in the public; ispecially if it's not too much work for you.
No problem... this is what I've got written in my note for my dissertation (I've checked the source and it's correct):
McRobbie and Thornton (1995), cited in, Young (1999: 25) "pinpoint that such changes as being the result of the vast expansion and diversification of the mass media. There is no doubt that such competition for audience has vastly increased the rate at which attempts at panic are made." Young, J. (1999) The Exclusive Society. London: SAGE Publications (page 25)
p.s. McRobbie and Thornton (1995) were discussing the changes in Moral Panics in our period of Late Modernity compared to earlier times, for example they increase in frequency, it's common vocabulary for politicians and that they are very contested by professionals. Their explanation for such changes are what's stated above.
Hope it helps =)
I think what you will find is self regulation by the media when it comes to reporting on "Murder Suicide" most murder suicide matters are domestic related of course, but when there is an act of suicide involved, the media tend to or attempt to self regulate by putting in less detail then other types of Homicide. The reason for this is they don't want copy cat actions. That is obviously my opinion on ancedotal evidence but I would humbly suggest you survey reporters jurnos on their reasoning behind the reporting.
In Australia there was a School or town in South Australia where there was a huge number of suicides one of the media organisations went to report on it but a suicide group called "Beyond Blue" (I think I may be wrong) run by former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennet took that organisation to Court seeking an injunction effectively stopping them from reporting on the issue. The Courts agreed and the injunction was granted. That is to the best of my recollection. Suicide groups stop media reporting on detail about suicide related issues. Why I don't really understand their rationale.