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News Reporting on Human Trafficking: Exploratory Qualitative Interviews with Illinois News Journalists

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dc.contributor.author Reichert, Jessica
dc.contributor.author Houston-Kolnik, Jaclyn
dc.contributor.author Vasquez, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Peterson, Emma
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-29T21:00:52Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-29T21:00:52Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Reichert, Jessica; Houston-Kolnik, Jaclyn; Vasquez, Amanda; Peterson, Emma. (2018). News Reporting on Human Trafficking: Exploratory Qualitative Interviews with Illinois News Journalists. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 33 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.icjia.org/articles/news-reporting-on-human-trafficking-exploratory-qualitative-interviews-with-illinois-news-journalists
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1456
dc.description.abstract Media—in particular news coverage—contribute toward shaping public understanding and opinion on societal issues, and influence policies, programs, and legislative action. While a small number of previous studies have explored journalists’ reporting on other social issues, very little is known about their perceptions and knowledge of human trafficking. In this exploratory study, researchers conducted 12 qualitative interviews with Illinois newspaper reporters to examine their understanding and work process in covering human trafficking. The results suggest that while many reporters understand the federal definition of trafficking, there remain gaps in knowledge about the complexity of the issue. Furthermore, the work process that reporters follow to report on human trafficking differs by their particular role and level of experience, with investigative stories on human trafficking being covered by more seasoned reporters who have the time and space to explore the issue in greater depth. The study findings highlight the importance of, and constraints upon, comprehensive news coverage on human trafficking. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) en_US
dc.subject Interview Results en_US
dc.subject Journalism en_US
dc.subject Reporters en_US
dc.subject Media Attention en_US
dc.subject Community Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Community Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Public Awareness en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Investigative Reporting en_US
dc.subject Forced Labor en_US
dc.subject Trafficking in Persons en_US
dc.subject Human Trafficking en_US
dc.subject Labor Exploitation en_US
dc.subject Servitude en_US
dc.subject Modern Slavery en_US
dc.subject Newspapers en_US
dc.subject Victimization en_US
dc.subject Recruitment en_US
dc.subject Gaps in Knowledge en_US
dc.subject Statistical Analysis Center en_US
dc.title News Reporting on Human Trafficking: Exploratory Qualitative Interviews with Illinois News Journalists en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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