Journalism and Mass Communications
11 Feb 2017

TRUE CRIME PODCASTING: JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, OR ENTERTAINMENT?

This study examines true crime podcast production with a critical/cultural lens to explore how podcasts are impacting this genre, public opinion, and the criminal justice system. Discussing advocacy and objectivity through four in-depth qualitative interviews with true crime podcast producers offers insight into both the political economy of podcasts and effective audience engagement. Ultimately, this study argues that true crime podcasts are already impacting the criminal justice system in remarkable fashion and that the future of this emerging media could challenge both criminal justice and media reform. Practical and theoretical implications for genre-specific media are also discussed.

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