A projected fear : how crime coverage magnifies crime occurance

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Hill, Jessica
Christman, Jennifer
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The job of media is to inform people and deliver news to them. However, the media also plays a role in the perceptions and views of its audience. This persuasion is instrumental in tenns of opinions toward crime. Though crime rates in both America and Canada have been decreasing for over a decade, crime coverage has increased significantly. Therefore, citizens believe crime to be rampant and uncontrolled. While some places do experience and abundance of crime, the fear that is permeating society is unwarranted. In this analysis, the author will examine the media's role in crime perception. Additionally, the author will compare the United States and Canada in regards of crime rates and perception. Finally, the author will investigate the findings in order to determine the correlation between crime coverage and crime perception.