Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Newsworthiness and the "missing White woman syndrome"
by Slakoff, Danielle C., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 64; 1524161
Abstract (Summary)

A scan of online news articles reveals a consistent trend: Missing White women and children are more likely to garner media attention than missing minority women. The glorification of missing White women and children has been dubbed "missing White woman syndrome." This qualitative content analysis of online and traditional print journalism articles examines the differences in how the national media outlets portray missing White women compared to missing minority women. Triangulated analyses validate the existence of the "syndrome" and explore the nuances of ways in which missing girls and women are portrayed in print media. The implications for theory and professional practice in both journalism and criminal justice, as well as those for justice policy, are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fradella, Henry F.
Commitee: Fischer, Ryan, Paskin, Danny
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Journalism, Criminology
Publication Number: 1524161
ISBN: 978-1-303-52126-3
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