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Murder in the News: An Inside Look at How Television Covers Crime
Television news anchor Robert Jordan Jr. draws from forty-seven years of news experiences to provide an eye-opening look at how news programs decide which murders to cover and which ones to ignore. Jordan takes readers behind the scenes into the big city newsrooms of Chicago. Here split-second decisions are made on where to send limited resources when dozens of shootings a ...more
Published November 14th 2017 by Prometheus Books
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Robert Jordan spent many decades covering Chicago for WGN television, mostly as the nightly news anchor. That experience provides Jordan with a unique vantage point to analyze the way television specifically, and news operations generally, cover the news. Jordan's focus on the coverage of murders in Chicago is particularly timely, as politicians from the president to Chicago's mayor have pointed to Chicago's murder rate as proof that the city is a dangerous, violent, out of control place. That v ...more
This truly deserves at least 3.5 stars. But not quiet four. A lot of the book seemed technical, and some of it seemed rather repetitive. That being said, i never had any idea as to how news stories selected remained racially biased. Also, it was very frustrating to learn how news stations latch a viewer and present the same information over and over again even though there are no new developments. I’m glad I read it, but I’m not sure who I would recommend it to.