How Is The Media Influencing Our Perception of Crimes

Understanding media influence on the perception of crimes is essential in the police department since it tasked with enforcing laws by arresting criminals. People learn about crimes through the media hence the need to understand how the interaction affects their perception about certain crimes. To address the research question, I will conduct interviews and issue questionnaires to sample group selected randomly for the research. The interviews will be essential in the research since it is possible to ask a follow-up question or clarify on the interviewee answer (Keightley, 2010). In addition, I will undertake a comprehensive literature review on the issue to determine what other scholars have observed. This will enable me to determine any literature gaps that should be addressed. That said, to address the research question I will use a sample of 50 individuals where 30 of them will be issued a questionnaire while the other 20 will be interviewed.

Hypothesis

I will examine the hypothesis that the media affects how people view crime or criminal in the society. The research will be used to test the above hypothesis is true. Several studies have been conducted to determine the impact of the media on people’s view of crimes in the society. The media publishes and shows fictional crime stories to its audience. This is dangerous since it presents the viewer with a distorted belief or view of a certain crime. Most of the crimes stories may be exaggerated by the media, which creates a belief that the crime is rampant in the society and one is likely to be affected. In the social setting, the media is a crucial learning tool since it sets the agenda to be communicated (Hopmann, Shehata & Strömbäck, 2015). Crime shows may encourage deviant behavior in the society since individuals believe that the behavior is less of a crime compared to others in the society.

After undertaking the research, I also expect to find that media biasness on the crime to report influences the society to believe that it is the worst crime. It is impossible to report on every crime that occurs in the society, hence the media has to determine what to report to the public (Brown, 2016). However, some argue that the media is guided by the public interest hence the selection is solely due to the demand in the market. This means that media has to report on issues that people want to hear or those that will attract more listeners. Reporting certain crimes creates debates in the society where people discuss the crime and form an opinion (Davies, 2016). For instance, a media report on shooting in a city may lead the view that there is insecurity in the country.

Crime coverage is filtered based on the editor or journalist view of what makes about the crime. This means that the target audience does not get the whole story about the crime. People form an opinion on what they have learned from the media rather than the facts of the crime. Filtering of news relating to crime based on what the media personnel choose to include and exclude affects the police work. For a crime to be reported, it must be newsworthy and many people must be interested in knowing what happened (Courtauld & Courtauld, 2014).