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

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posted on 2013-06-01, 00:00 authored by Kristy HessKristy Hess, Lisa Waller
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.

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Journal

Australian journalism review

Volume

35

Pagination

59 - 70

Location

Magill, South Australia

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0810-2686

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Journalism Education Association

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