Reframing reporting of childhood sexual exploitation: three journalists reflect

Niblock, S. and Bindel, J. 2017. Reframing reporting of childhood sexual exploitation: three journalists reflect. Journalism Practice. 11 (5), pp. 577-591. doi:10.1080/17512786.2016.1164613

TitleReframing reporting of childhood sexual exploitation: three journalists reflect
AuthorsNiblock, S. and Bindel, J.
Abstract

This article explores three national and local journalists’ experiences of reporting on child sexual exploitation by so-called “Asian street grooming gangs” in UK towns and cities, with a particular emphasis on journalists framing journalists. In response to coverage of a series of cases, journalists have been accused by academics, policymakers and rival media organizations of fixating on perpetrators’ ethnicity and creating distorted, racist media frames. Few, if any, studies have garnered practitioners’ perspectives on how framing occurs, so we interview three prominent journalists who have covered such cases in order to deepen our understanding of the processes and causative factors behind particular editorial angles. While offering only a snapshot view, our findings reveal these individual journalists to be caught at the nexus of a range of factors that impact upon their work, both internally and externally driven.

JournalJournalism Practice
Journal citation11 (5), pp. 577-591
ISSN1751-2786
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/17512786.2016.1164613
Publication dates
Published06 Apr 2016
Published in print2017

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