Understanding Dramatization of Pain in Crime Coverage


Problem Statement: We start from the analysis of several cases of criminal news trying to detect problems associated to journalistic practices based on dramatization of the information and its consequences. Research Questions: Analysis of mechanism of dramatization and spectacularisation of the information, of de-formation, hypertrophy of the transformation, perception. Purpose of the Study: Developing a set of recommendations aimed at the training of journalism students in subjects on news coverage of criminal news. Discussing the set with experts from different fields: journalists, lawyers, psychologists, police. Final stage: Situational assessment of experiences.Research Methods: Cognitive and informational analysis of communication, through the domain of cognitive and representational analysis. -analysis of the social world of relationships in networks, with all its dynamic aspects, as well as the primary communications, groups and rituals of interaction in different groupings and formations, -framing, -group discussion. Findings: Preliminary results show that the problem has to do with the following aspects: hipervisibility, hiperrealism, redundancy in the micro, hegemony of the present tense in speech, creation of non-places (atopic spaces, places of passage, of rapid transit), creating of neo-places as alternative spaces, collage effect, etc. Conclusions: We focus on new interpretations, on referential, metalinguistic and metacommunicative level.Mixed and multidisciplinary methodology allows us to address the issue from different perspectives. Our research team seeks to introduce new points of discussion on the question of the dramatization of information seeking, at the same time, the practical application of the results.

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Child psychology, psychology, developmental psychology, psychological testing, psychological measurement, family psychology

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Semova, D., Aladro, E., Padilla, G., Requeijo, P., & Segovia, A. (2015). Understanding Dramatization of Pain in Crime Coverage. In Z. Bekirogullari, & M. Y. Minas (Eds.), Cognitive - Social, and Behavioural Sciences - icCSBs 2015, August, vol 6. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 147-161). Future Academy. https://doi.org/10.15405/epsbs.2015.08.15