Journalists and the Condemned: The Limits of Media Agenda-Setting in Capital Cases
This study investigated the agenda-setting influences on gubernatorial clemency decisions in four Illinois death penalty cases. It found that press coverage of the cases had a limited impact on the discretionary exercise of clemency power, even when a journalistic campaign for clemency mobilized public opinion on behalf of the condemned. Instead, established political, legal, and organizational considerations tended to prevail. The study also examined factors that shaped the media's agenda in the final phase of capital cases, and found that press portrayals were influenced by the same norms that govern the coverage of violent crime, thereby circumscribing public discourse about capital punishment.
To our knowledge, this item is not available for
download. To find whether it is available, there are three
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.
|Date of creation:|
|Date of revision:|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Web page: http://www.nwu.edu/IPR/publications/wpindex1.html
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wop:nwuipr:95-30. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Thomas Krichel)
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.