Master of Arts (MA)
Journalism and Media Studies
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Media studies have found Blacks more often linked with media reports of violent crime in their local communities compared to other races. The aim of this paper is to reveal if current trends in the Las Vegas media market overrepresent African Americans as the most active perpetrators of crime by examining crime statistics, race demographics, and television representations of crime and race in the local news. This study is a content analysis of the five major television network affiliates: KVBC, KVVU, KLAS, KTNV, and KINC. Seven hypotheses are tested. Results indicate that local television viewers in Las Vegas receive inaccurate representations of crime and race reported in the news. No support for hypotheses testing visual representations of crime and race are found. Findings indicate a tendency for the Las Vegas news market to be driven by crime and less likely to be motivated by race when reporting crime news.
Analysis; Content; Crime Local; Las Vegas; News; Nevada; Race; Representation; Television; Vegas
Journalism; Mass media; Ethnology--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Chapman, Julie Arradaza, "Crime and race representation: A content analysis of Las Vegas local television news" (2008). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2281.