DUE 9-25 Are CSI and other crime shows really what it’s like to investigate a crime scene? Do an online search for “crime fighters.” You get everything from a list of unusual examples..to TV’s sexiest…to video games… and even a local TV station’s reports. On a much more serious note, a sad example what happens when crime fighters/protectors/enforcers do not do any of those things.
SOCIAL MEDIA: One case where public used social media to help police ID suspects in a hate crime. Utah police are using social to help solve crimes, connect with citizens. Social media and Ferguson. Remember Bigggggg Mike? Lantern story that was exception to most social media rules.
Recent commentary about the federal shield law for journalists we discussed in class.
Most common crimes committed in the U.S., according to the FBI.
Coverage of Michael Brown/Ferguson unrest. So many angles here. What do you think the media has done well? Poorly? Police not happy with media coverage. Big ratings for cable networks. A decent overview and analysis about whether the officer will face charges. Some Fox News coverage gets tense. Daily Show weighs in.
An American was beheaded and the video was available for viewing. How media reacted.
ETHICS: Any of you use Whisper? You should read this. Should the media ever name victims/survivors of domestic violence/sexual crimes? OK to publish mug shots of drunk drivers? Looking at the ethics involved in coverage of Trayvon Martin case. Dept. of Justice has a video about media coverage of crime/victims. Background on this story covered by OSU alumna.
Hollywood bigwigs take on Washington Post columnist about piece related to campus shooting.
Aaron Hernandez coverage. Here’s a timeline of events.
Some lighter examples: Real Housewives stars going to prison.
Friends star helps cops in stabbing case.
Justin Bieber? Yes. Justin Bieber.
John Walsh video.
Choices for the Group projects
Richard Jewell; Casey Anthony trial; George Zimmerman trial; Jodi Arias trial; Ariel Castro; Whitey Bulger; Michael Vick; DC snipers; Bernie Madoff; BTK killer.