Homicide victims are the most innocent of all victims. Yet not all victims are reported equally: some receive extensive coverage while others receive little or none. Previous research has looked at victim and homicide characteristics to determine if a crime gets covered. This study seeks to go beyond this analysis to couple victim and homicide characteristics with an analysis of news article content to determine how victims are covered. The method here will be an analysis of homicide articles collected over a one year period from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Washington Post, to determine how victims are socially constructed by product of media framing.

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Hamilton College


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