‘The Snowtown we know and love’ : small newspapers and heinous crimes

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa 2012, ‘The Snowtown we know and love’ : small newspapers and heinous crimes, Rural society, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 116-125.

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Title ‘The Snowtown we know and love’ : small newspapers and heinous crimes
Author(s) Hess, Kristy
Waller, Lisa
Journal name Rural society
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 116
End page 125
Total pages 10
Publisher eContent Management
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1037-1656
Keyword(s) Snowtown
Moe
backpacker murders
media power
crime
regional newspapers
social capital
Summary This paper examines the role of small newspapers in Australia when bizarre and shocking crimes are committed locally. These crimes often attract intense media attention that casts a net of shame across entire townships through their representation as places of fascination and fear in the public imagination. We take a practice approach in the tradition of Pierre Bourdieu to explore the complex editorial considerations, news judgements and community responsibilities small newspapers must negotiate when covering these stories for local audiences. This study focuses on three towns in regional Australia that have been represented in metropolitan and international news media as ‘dead zones' after shocking crimes: Bowral in NSW, Snowtown in South Australia and Moe in Victoria.
Language eng
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, eContent Management
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30043216

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