Media and Crime log

Media and Crime log

Media and Crime Log—Entry II

In this module, you will have an opportunity to add to your media and crime log by

applying theories presented in this course to media portrayals of crime. The

American public is fascinated with crime and therefore, there is no shortage of

media depictions of crimes and criminals. In this assignment, you will use the

scholarly knowledge you have gained in the course to analyze how the media portrays

crime.

You are now familiar with biological, psychological, and sociological theories of

crime. In M2: Assignment 2, you wrote a log entry applying psychological theories

of criminal behavior to analyze articles or news stories. In this assignment, you

will write your second log entry.

Research newspaper or magazine articles related to crime using the print or online

news media.

Select two articles or news stories and apply at least two theories from the

biological, psychological, and/or sociological perspectives to each article or news

story.

Write an analysis of each article or news story addressing the following:

What is the purpose of the story as you perceive it?

How is crime or criminal justice portrayed?

What feelings or reactions are evoked in you by the article?

How would you explain the reported criminal behavior using the two theories you

selected? Explain your choice of theory.

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