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Criminal Justice News Coverage in 2014

In its annual assessment of criminal justice news coverage of 2014, Criminal Justice Journalists (CJJ)--the country's only association of crime and justice reporters--says that early media reporting on the police-community tensions in Ferguson and other cities last year was 'one-sided' ---leaving critical issues of police tactics and challenges unexplored for months. The assessment, based on evaluations from media experts, also called for more original reporting on mental health issues in the criminal justice system. 

For the full report, please click HERE.

For Part Two of the report, a transcript of a conference call with Media Experts, click HERE.

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Crime Reporting in America

The Crime Report's Washington Bureau Chief Ted Gest and Deb Wenger, associate professor at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi, appeared on DC Public Safety Radio to discuss Wenger's report "The Crime Beat: Does Quantity Matter?" The content analysis of six U.S. newspapers found that they produce a significant amount of crime reporting—but raises questions about the quality of that coverage.

Listen to the podcast HERE.

Read the report HERE.

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Crime Drop? How Data-Driven Reporting Fueled an Investigation of the Milwaukee Police Department’s Flawed Data

In 2008, the Milwaukee Police Department began reporting significant declines in crime under new Chief Ed Flynn, sworn in on January 7 that year. Like many modern law enforcement executives, Flynn had arrived on a promise of a data-driven approach to police department management. He said he should be held accountable for the city’s crime statistics.

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