Final: Images Used To Depict High Profile Court Cases

Kaitlyn Pomponio


News media in the United States plays the important role of relaying news to the public.  Oftentimes during criminal trials the commercial character of the industry dominates, and “news values” which favor conflict and sensationalism prevail over objective facts.1 News media’s use of images during these situations demonstrates the influence that they hold over the public’s perception of criminal trials. By appealing to specific stereotypes and societal roles, news media can use images to portray alleged victims and perpetrators as innocent or guilty.  Examples of this selective use of images can be found in the high-profile criminal trials against Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson, and George Zimmerman.



Works Cited:

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  2. Litke, Emily. “Slutification; the Media and Casey Anthony.” UPI NEXT. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.
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  8. Shepard, Alicia. “The Iconic Photos of Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman & Why You May Not See the Others | Poynter.” Poynter. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.

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