Course Promo Video Transcript

Crime in Media

(male voice) Whether we like it or not, the media fundamentally shapes our view of the world, and thus has a substantial impact on our lives. More often than not, we’re exposed to media coverage of crime, whether it be overseas or in our own neighborhoods. How might this media coverage affect the outcome of investigative procedures involving these crimes? How might public policy be affected? These questions form the foundation of the material covered in CCJ3032 – Crime in Media. This course provides the student with a nuanced grasp of the impact that media has on society - specifically, in the media’s coverage of crime. Whilst enrolled, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Dr. Thomas Kelley, an expert in the study of criminal delinquency and deviant behavior. Holding a Ph.D. in criminology, Dr. Kelley has a substantial amount of academic and instructional experience, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you in preparation for your career in public safety.

(male voice) Hello, I’m Dr. Tom Kelley. I’m the director of the Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Program at Florida State University in Panama City. Over the past ten years, the UCSI team has investigated cases that have had tremendous media attention. On several occasions, we were asked to avoid answering questions from reporters that could change the outcome of the investigation. The effects of an ongoing barrage of information on the public can influence the criminal justice process from investigation and arrest to jury selection and case disposition. This crime and media course examines the relationship between crimes portrayed in the media, criminals, and the criminal justice system. Throughout this course, we will analyze sensational cases according to how they were impacted by the media. The course will also offer theoretical explanations set in the historical context of the criminal events. I hope you will enjoy this learning experience.