Journalists’ Guide to Reporting on Crime and Public Safety

The public’s perception of crime and punishment is often out of alignment with what really happens to people within the legal system. That gap is informed, in part, by sensational or decontextualized media coverage of public safety issues. This can lead to not only an erosion of safety in already vulnerable communities, but also a loss of trust in both government and the media.

This infographic is designed to encourage journalists to challenge the problematic narratives that often guide this irresponsible journalism. These tips can help reporters tell a more complete story, and resist fear-driven arguments that are often used to shoot down reform before it’s ever fully enacted.