WASHINGTON (AP) -- Network television coverage of crime fell nearly 40 percent last year, but the subject still gets too much media attention, a study released Tuesday asserted.
Researchers said crime was the biggest story of the 1990s, even during a time when the overall rates for violent crime were dropping.
Reporters "paid careful attention to the who, what, when and where of crime-scene coverage, but little to the important context of why that can help viewers and policy-makers make sense of crime and develop thoughtful solutions," said Vincent Schiraldi, president of the Justice Policy Institute, one of three groups involved in the study.
Schiraldi recommended that news organizations more closely monitor their content and put crime into context by reporting on more wide-ranging crime trends, even as part of stories about individual crimes.
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