The Year in Crime Coverage, 2009


Fifteen years after reported crime in the United States reached a modern day peak, many news reporters, along with their sources, are groping to understand the decline. With a few notable exceptions, media coverage of the trends in 2009 primarily was a story of crime dropping in many big cities. Almost daily, a journalist or police chief somewhere wondered publicly whether a city's crime count could go any lower, particularly during an economic recession.

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