Citizen perceptions of race and televison crime news

Courtney D Smith, Tennessee State University


Media depictions in television crime newscasts contribute to higher acts of violence among African Americans and Caucasians and the exposure that African Americans and Caucasians have to negative multi media images contributes to high crime rates. In simpler terms, the way that news is brought to the attention of the viewer, and how the reporter relays the message impacts both African Americans and Caucasians. They can develop negative perceptions and that can lead to violence. This writer's intent is to show that there is a correlation between violence on television news and negative exposure to media depictions i.e. newscasts. The sample size for this study included 130 African Americans and Caucasians from Nashville, TN and Knoxville, TN. The primary results of this study show that there is no significant link between violence on television and the publics' perception.

Subject Area

Criminology|Ethnic studies|Mass communications

Recommended Citation

Courtney D Smith, "Citizen perceptions of race and televison crime news" (2008). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI1461290.