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Title: Television news and the symbolic criminalisation of young people
Authors: Wayne, M
Henderson, L
Murray, C
Petley, J
Keywords: Crime;Frames;Ideology;Public sphere;Television news;Young people
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Journalism Studies, 9(1), 75 - 90, 2008
Abstract: This essay combines quantitative and qualitative analysis of six UK television news programmes. It seeks to analyse the representation of young people within broadcast news provision at a time when media representations, political discourse and policy making generally appear to be invoking young people as something of a folk devil or a locus for moral panics. The quantitative analysis examines the frequency with which young people appear as main actors across a range of different subjects and analyses the role of young people as news sources. It finds a strong correlation between young people and violent crime. A qualitative analysis of four “special reports” or backgrounders on channel Five's Five News explores the representation of young people in more detail, paying attention to contradictions and tensions in the reports, the role of statistics in crime reporting, the role of victims of crime and the tensions between conflicting news frames.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journalism Studies, 9(1), 75 - 90, 2008, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
ISSN: 1461-670X
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Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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