Nieman Reports

Winter 1998

Children and Violence

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In this edition, we examine ways in which we report on children and violence. We travel to the sites of the five recent and highly publicized school shootings, then journey into the private realm of family violence, as seen through the eyes of children who witness it. From there, we move into courtrooms and juvenile detention centers, and also get a glimpse of adolescent girls’ increasing involvement with crime. Then, we take a look at how customary methods of coverage shape public perception and policymaking in the arena of child and juvenile crime. Finally, editors at Chicago’s two newspapers take us inside their decision-making when it comes to coverage of children and violence.

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Children and Violence: The Witness. The Victim. The Accused

Winter 1998: Children and Violence Introduction

By Children and Violence: The Witness. The Victim. The Accused. December 15, 1998

In this edition, we examine ways in which we report on children and violence. We travel to the sites of the five recent and highly publicized school shootings, then journey into the private realm of family violence, as seen through the eyes of children who witness it. From there, we move into courtrooms and juvenile detention centers, and also get a glimpse of adolescent girls’ increasing involvement with crime. Then, we take a look at how customary methods of coverage shape public perception and policymaking in the arena of child and juvenile crime. Finally, editors at Chicago’s two newspapers take us inside their decision-making when it comes to coverage of children and violence. Read more

School Shootings: National and Local Perspectives

When Children Witness Violence: What Happens Next?

Juveniles and Crime: The Courts. The Lock-up. And Girls.

Media and Juvenile Violence: The Connecting Threads.

City Coverage of Juvenile Crime: THe View from Chicago

Truth and Reconciliation: Reporting the Horrors of Apartheid

Letters to the Editor

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Publisher
Bill Kovach
Editor
Melissa Ludtke
Assistant Editor
Lois Fiore
Editorial Assistant
Adam Reilly
Technology Editor
Lewis Clapp
Design Editor
Deborah Smiley
Business Manager
Susan Goldstein
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Taken at the Wayne County Juvenile Justice Center in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Pauline Lubens/The Detroit Free Press.

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