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News judgements: a critical examination of reporting non-convictions for minor crimes

Hess, Kristy and Waller, Lisa 2013, News judgements: a critical examination of reporting non-convictions for minor crimes, Australian journalism review, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 59-70.

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Title News judgements: a critical examination of reporting non-convictions for minor crimes
Author(s) Hess, Kristy
Waller, Lisa
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 35
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 70
Total pages 12
Publisher Journalism Education Association
Place of publication Magill, South Australia
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 0810-2686
Keyword(s) minor criminal offences
Victoria
reporting non-convictions
naming and shaming
Summary This paper considers issues related to the reporting of non-convictions for minor criminal offences. The entry point for the discussion is a content analysis of press court reporting across the Australian state of Victoria that shows that many newspapers report non-convictions. The paper observes that as the practice of reporting non-convictions has extended into digital space, a person the local court decides should not have a black mark recorded against their name can now be named and shamed before a global audience for an indefinite period. 

This paper has two aims: to document the Victorian news media’s practice of reporting non-convictions for minor offences, and to argue that its authority to name and shame those who receive non-convictions should be considered through the lens of media power. It is the second stage in a research project on “naming and shaming” of people who come to the attention of journalists as potential news stories when they appear before the courts.
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Journalism Education Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056839

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