Urban violence, police shootings, the opioid epidemic, and a tense political campaign dominated criminal justice coverage during 2016. How did the coverage measure up? In our annual press review, Washington Bureau chief Ted Gest assesses the year in coverage with a panel of media experts and observers.
It didn’t take long for the names “Ferguson,” “Michael Brown,” and “Darren Wilson” to be entwined in the biggest criminal justice news story of 2014. The killing of the unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by Wilson in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson produced national reverberations for policing, race and other aspects of the criminal justice in the United States that would last well beyond 2014. Full report available here:
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.
Police-media relations may have bottomed out following a series a controversial police-involved deaths beginning last August, when Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. Journalists covering the resulting unrest were harassed, bullied and arrested by police.