This is a report of two studies
about how important youth issues
were rep·orted in Minnesota newspapers.
One study is general and is
about images of juvenile delinquency
in major Twin Cities newspapers.
The other study focuses on the issue
of vandalism and the Metropolitan
Transit Commission buses.
Based on the findings of these content
ana)ysis studies, it is clear that
only a vecy small percentage of all
delinquent acts are reported in the
press. The acts that are reported
seem to be those in which force is
used and those in which several
If this is an accurate statement
about Twin Cities papers, some confusion
could arise in public discussion
and public policy about youth In
general and particularly about de linquencybecause
these acts are not the
majorizy of delinquent acts and, Indeed,
are relatively rare events.1
It is our hope that citizens of Minnesota
will read the information and
the issues presented in this report
and will think about whether our
findings would hold true for their
communities and for other media
such as newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.
Baizerman, Michael; Hirak, Joseph.
Images of Delinquency in Twin Cities Newspapers.
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
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