Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Paul J. Traudt
Number of Pages
This study was a content analysis of Las Vegas television news ( N = 1,145) and was designed to determine whether the potential exists for media consumers in the Las Vegas market to become fearful due to the overrepresentation of crime committed by Black offenders. One research question and two hypotheses were generated for this study. Research question one asked if there was an inverse relationship existing between media reports of index crimes and actual data offered by the State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, and was supported. There was partial support for hypothesis one. Results indicated that Latinos were overrepresented and that Blacks were underrepresented in Las Vegas television news. There was no support for hypothesis two; Whites were overrepresented as criminal offenders. A discussion of findings, implications, and suggestions for future research follow.
Blacks; Cultivation; Fear; Media; Nevada; News; Las Vegas; Television; Vegas
Mass media; Journalism; Blacks--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Curry, Mark Leigh, "Cultivation of fear of Blacks in Las Vegas television news media" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1681.