Covering Canadian Crime: What Journalists Should Know and the Public Should Question

Edited by Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton

© 2016

Crime reporting, in one form or another, is as old as crime itself. Almost all young reporters have spent some time on this beat, and their work affects all of us. Covering Canadian Crime offers a deep and detailed look at perennial issues in crime reporting and how changes in technology, business practices, and professional ethics are affecting today’s crime coverage.

Social media in the courtroom, the stigmatization of mental illness, the influence of police media units, the practice of knocking on victims’ doors, the culture of masculinity in the newsroom: these are among the topics of discussion, explored from various disciplinary perspectives and combined with poignant interviews and thought-provoking introspection from seasoned journalists such as Christie Blatchford, Timothy Appleby, Linden MacIntyre, Kim Bolan, and Peter Edwards. A critical account of the challenges involved in crime reporting in ethical, informed, and powerful ways, Covering Canadian Crime poses the questions that reporters, journalism students, and the public at large need to ask and to answer.

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Covering Canadian Crime offers a deep and detailed look at both the perennial issues in crime reporting and how changes in technology, business practices, and professional ethics are affecting today’s crime coverage.

Covering Canadian Crime: What Journalists Should Know and the Public Should Question

Edited by Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton

© 2016

Crime reporting, in one form or another, is as old as crime itself. Almost all young reporters have spent some time on this beat, and their work affects all of us. Covering Canadian Crime offers a deep and detailed look at perennial issues in crime reporting and how changes in technology, business practices, and professional ethics are affecting today’s crime coverage.

Social media in the courtroom, the stigmatization of mental illness, the influence of police media units, the practice of knocking on victims’ doors, the culture of masculinity in the newsroom: these are among the topics of discussion, explored from various disciplinary perspectives and combined with poignant interviews and thought-provoking introspection from seasoned journalists such as Christie Blatchford, Timothy Appleby, Linden MacIntyre, Kim Bolan, and Peter Edwards. A critical account of the challenges involved in crime reporting in ethical, informed, and powerful ways, Covering Canadian Crime poses the questions that reporters, journalism students, and the public at large need to ask and to answer.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Covering Canadian Crime makes a compelling case that crime coverage is a catalyst for understanding journalism theory and practice. The essays in this collection are intellectually rewarding, superbly written, and well researched. This book does not simply fill an empty niche. It is the definitive book on crime coverage in Canada."


    Clifford Christians, Charles H. Sandage Distinguished Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, University of Illinois
  • Author Information

    Chris Richardson is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Young Harris College.


    Romayne Smith Fullerton in an associate professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Table of contents

    INTRODUCTION
    Chris Richardson & Romayne Smith Fullerton


    PART ONE: THE ROUTINES AND REALITIES OF CANADIAN CRIME REPORTING 

    THE TRADITIONAL “PICKUP” OR “DEATH KNOCK” STORY: ITS ROLE, ITS VALUE(S), AND THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA
    Romayne Smith Fullerton and Maggie Jones Patterson

    IS COVERAGE OF THE MAFIA TUFF ENOUGH? 
    Cecil Rosner

    THE INHERENT DRAMA OF COURTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH NATIONAL POST COLUMNIST CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD
    Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton

    SOMETIMES THE LAW IS AN ASS: REFLECTIONS ON PUBLISHING THE RECORD OF A JUVENILE
    Kirk LaPointe

    NOT NAMING NAMES? CRIME COVERAGE RITUALS IN CANADA, SWEDEN AND THE NETHERLANDS
    Romayne Smith Fullerton and Maggie Jones Patterson

    “I SLEEP REALLY WELL AT NIGHT”: THE GLOBE AND MAIL’S TIMOTHY APPLEBY ON COVERING THIRTY YEARS OF GRIEF
    Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton

    A CASE OF PRAIRIE JUSTICE: THE MURDERER, THE JURY, AND THE SPIRIT OF DURKHEIM
    James S. McLean

    PART TWO: COURT ACCESS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

    COURTHOUSE CULTURE
    Linden MacIntyre

    THE VIRTUAL COURTROOM: JOURNALISTIC PRACTICE, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND INFORMATION FLOW IN CANADA’S COURTS
    Susan Harada and Mary McGuire

    “DID SHE CONSENT TO THIS SEX ACT WITH THIS ACCUSED?” THE NEWS MEDIA, SEXUAL ASSAULT MYTHS AND THE COMPLAINANT’S PRIVATE RECORDS IN COURT TESTIMONY
    Barbara M. Freeman

    FIGHTING ON THE SIDE OF ANGELS: THE TORONTO STAR’S NEWSROOM LAWYER BERT BRUSER ON THE CHANGING CHALLENGES OF THE LAW IN CANADA
    Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton

    THE BANDIDOS MURDER TRIAL: ALL A-TWITTER ABOUT A CANADIAN FIRST
    Kate Dubinski

    AIDING AND ABETTING: HOW POLICE MEDIA INFORMATION UNITS SHAPE LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE
    April Lindgren

    “SCOOP WAS KING”: MEDIA COMPETITION, CRIME NEWS AND MASCULINITY
    Mary Lynn Young

    PART THREE: CONSTRUCTING CRIMINALS AND CRIME NEWS

    THE PEOPLE’S SERVANT: VANCOUVER SUN CRIME REPORTER KIM BOLAN’S BREAKTHROUGH BLOGGING
    Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton

    “EVERYONE KEPT GANGING UP ON HARPER”: POLITICAL “GANGS” AND THE LANGUAGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN CANADIAN JOURNALISM
    Chris Richardson

    GUNS, GANGS AND THE UNDERCLASS REVISITED: AN ANALYSIS OF COURTROOM COVERAGE FROM THE JORDAN MANNERS TRIALS
    William O’Grady and Patrick Parnaby (with Sabah Fatima)

    TELLING GREAT STORIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH REPORTER-TURNED-THRILLER WRITER RICK MOFINA
    Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton

    COVERING WHITE ‘JUST-US’: WHAT DID JOURNALISTS ‘REALLY’ SAY ABOUT IPPERWASH? 
    Romayne Smith Fullerton, Ginny Whitehouse and Maggie Jones Patterson

    ‘DEBWEWIN’: THE SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT IPPERWASH
    Peter Edwards

    DID NEED FOR SPEED KILL? “STREET RACING” LEGISLATION AND THE MEDIATED REALITY OF CRIME
    Stephen L. Muzzatti

    REPRESENTING RISK: CRIMINALITY, VIOLENCE, AND MENTAL ILLNESS IN CANADIAN NEWS MEDIA REPORTING
    Sarah Berry and Rob Whitley

    RE-THINKING YOUNG PEOPLE, CRIME AND THE MEDIA: TURNING TRANSCENDENTAL ILLUSION ON ITS FEET
    Hans Skott-Myhre

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