Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2002


Previous research has shown that some homicides are more likely than others to receive newspaper coverage (for example, homicides by strangers). The present investigation examined whether, once the decision has been made to report on a homicide, the nature of the coverage (that is, how much visibility is given to a story, what information is included, and how a story is written) differs according to two key variables, victim ethnicity, and victim-suspect relationship.


Reprinted from Injury Prevention, Volume 8, Issue 2 2002, pages 121-127.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, author Susan Sorenson was affiliated with UCLA School of Public Health. Currently December 2006, she is a faculty member of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.



Date Posted: 21 December 2006

This document has been peer reviewed.