Does The Media Want Violent Crime To End?

The media is a form of telling news, whether that means on the TV, or your local newspaper! But what would happen to the media once crime ends?

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The type of news that is hitting the fronts of newspapers, has to be violent crime. You see robberies, murders, even child abuse in the news. Crime has to be the spotlight for newspapers. But why does the news report stuff like this, to warn people of whats going on,to show how good our police are? I think not, they use it for the money and fame. Its always bad things that get the most attention.

How Could Ending Crime Change The Media?

In my opinion, if we end crime, it could have an effect on our social life. Since crime is such a big part of the media, if we end it, there wont be anything news worthy for news editors to write about!That would have an impact on us to. We might not have to worry about anything big and scary, but some of our police might end their jobs because there would be nothing to sort or help with. Life would become boring, nothing exiting, shocking to start a conversation. And the newspapers would lose lots of their fans if they can't find anything to talk about. I think this because of the big impact crime has on the world.

Statistics Found At-http://www.mrmediatraining.com/2012/01/25/the-11-things-that-journalists-consider-newsworthy/

What do you think would happen? What impact do you think it would have?

Comments (8)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    15 Jan 2019

    Thanks for your post! Does anyone want to be sceptical of the second paragraph? Would there be nothing newsworthy to report about if crime wasn't reported on? Let us know what you think!

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear | Boutcher C of E Primary School
      Olivia @ the BNC's comment 15 Jan 2019

      I think that just because crime is quite a big deal it's news that people want to hear about. People would still want to hear of Trump making bad choices, and sport news. Some people might get be more interested in those sorts of things than the BIG depressing headlines about death and upsetting stories of violence. Of course, newspapers might not do so well but I think that a lot of people who have the time to read the paper, might be quite fragile or not so well (as they probably wouldn't work) so the paper reporting on upsetting stories in their area might not be so good for their health (meaning they might get upset) or the people looking after them (who would have to put more work into making them feel safe and happy.)
      Crime is serious, and as the media and newspaper often focus on the negative parts of the story - not seeing the whole picture - they might course more upset than needed. But other people like to hear about what is going on, for some people it's their job. And just because some people don't like the stories, we have to take away someone else's opportunity for their article to be read isn't really fair. It may be someone's first job, or someone who's retired and wants to take life easy, working for the old newspaper which they read every morning. It may be someone who is looking for a job, and this job pops up. They would be OVERJOYED to find a job.
      I believe that there would be other headlines, but I don't think it's fair to take away such an amazing experience from someone. Maybe newspapers could go a little more lightly on the negativity and realise how much damage they are doing.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        impartial_panda_bear's comment 16 Jan 2019

        Why do you think newspapers focus on the negative stories? Are positive stories still news?

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        1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear | Boutcher C of E Primary School
          Tiff @ the BNC's comment 16 Jan 2019

          The news is full of stories, but things people want to know are probably about family who are a little while away, and may be in danger, or things that are happening all over the world. If dad things are happening, and they are surprising, then they would be newsworthy, people - including me - would want to hear about it. Unfortunately, our world is followed with many sad and surprising things, so those stories may be the headlines. Positive stories may make less much may for the media and so newspapers and websites may not focus on them as much. I can think of a few examples where positive headlines are popular...
          • When something bad had happend, like a terrorist attack, newspapers may report on every one being safe, however, would you prefer to hear about something interesting that you don't know about, or a report on things going well? Reporting on people being safe may also mean newspapers have to tell of the bad thing that happend, adding more to our negative list.
          • Environmentally friendly plans and actions may also be valued as something important as the environment is a big part of our world. However, again, the media would talk about the danger our planet is in, making us feel sad.
          • Something depending on what we are looking at, the paper may inform the world of data they know of, and depending on the data it can be good or bad news.
          I th I k that a few positive stories may make the headlines, but what people mostly want to hear about is negative stories which may bring more satisfaction

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        2. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
          Tiff @ the BNC's comment 19 Jan 2019

          I think the news only focus on negative stories because they might want to warn people about up coming events, also they want to attract more readers because they'd want to keep updated. This way they would get more money. As well as this more negative stories might effect their lives more (like a number of crime's happening in their city) unlike, a celebrity going on holiday. Only some news papers focus on things like crime but some focus on more positive things, these are tabloids.

          I have a post on it here :
          https://www.burnetnewsclub.com/issues/violent-crime/the-discussion/why-do-the-front-covers-of-news-papers-focus-on-violent-crime-most-of-the-time/

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg smart_parrot | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Jan 2019

    In my opinion,media want it to end and don't aswell I think this because if crime end's they won't get more money

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    15 Jan 2019

    Also, I found the website very helpful, well done entertaining_strawberry!

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    19 Jan 2019

    The media might want crime to end because almost everyone is worried about it and how it effects us. So no-body wants to be a victim of one; however, if crime stopped they wouldn't have any juicy stories to write about, but they have other things to write about: positive things, it just wouldn't be as serious as crime (these are tabloids) and the public still really like them. But if the media decided not to write about positive things people would find themselves jobless, so for this reason the media don't want crime to end.

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