Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Jennifer M. Safford-Farquharson
This study consists of a comprehensive media analysis of local news in Worcester, Massachusetts that explores portrayals of youth criminality of an entire city’s local media landscape. It examines how local media portrayal of youth is primarily dominated by coverage of youth crime and youth victimization. As our nation is questioning our trust and reliability in ever-changing news, this study asks whether our local news, with the new platforms that are emerging, have been compromised in providing a fair portrayal of youth. Particularly, whether it fairly portrays Black and Latinx youth in representations of criminality proportional to crime occurring. During the period of analysis, the term “swerving” was established and used by the media to describe youth and bike-related crimes. This example shows how local media can fuel moral panics and perpetuate stereotypes of the “likely criminal”.
Boffice, Andrea, "Media Analysis of City-Wide Local News Portrayals of Youth Criminality: Worcester, Massachusetts" (2018). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 193.