Communications News: Study shows youth crime reports bias

A study of the media's reporting of youth crime by youth justice coalition Shape has found that just 8 per cent of stories are written from the young person's point of view, and only 3 per cent consider possible reasons for youth crime.

The overriding message of the report was that children in trouble were generally portrayed as callous or disrespectful, through the use of terms such as 'thug', 'yob', and 'lout'.

The coalition used the report as the basis of a lobbying campaign to MPs and journalists, launched at Nacro's annual youth crime conference last month.

A mock police evidence file was sent out that presents the true facts and figures on youth crime.

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