Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CRIM 490: Special Topics

CRIM 490-004: Media Coverage of the Criminal Justice System
(Spring 2017)

Section Information for Spring 2017

Take an in-depth look at how law enforcement and the courts handle the news media, how the media approach stories on criminal justice, and how that interplay impacts the public’s view of the justice system, with a Washington Post reporter as your tour guide. We’ll hear each week from actual participants in the system – the judge in the DC snipers case, a local police chief, a county prosecutor, defense attorneys from high-profile cases, crime victims, a top police spokesman, reporters and editors from local and national news media. We’ll discuss the hottest cases – Ferguson, “Making a Murderer,” Freddie Gray and the DC snipers, to name a few – and see how each side dealt with the pressure of a worldwide spotlight. Taught by Tom Jackman, longtime Washington Post reporter and author of the “True Crime” blog.

This topic is approved to apply toward to the following concentration(s):

  • Criminal Justice (CJUS)

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Recent developments in the field. Notes: Topics vary. May be used to fulfill requirements for different concentrations in the BS in criminology, law, and society depending on the topic. May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: CRIM 100
Schedule Type: Lecture

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