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On the Trail of the D.C. Sniper
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Award-winning media historian Jack Censer's exhaustive account of media coverage of the DC Sniper episode creates a more complex picture of the whole range of news media than accounts emphasizing political bias or commercial gain. The sniper episode has particular lessons about the media's role in generating or moderating public fear. Censer concludes that neither commercial gain nor political bias are adequate to explain media reaction: professional motivations of reporters, which differ for different media, are more important. Looks at public schools, that had a very moderate response.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xx
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter 1: The Washington Post and the Sniper
  2. pp. 21-43
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  1. Chapter 2: Continuous Coverage
  2. pp. 44-92
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  1. Chapter 3: The Nation and the World
  2. pp. 93-135
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  1. Chapter 4 : The Journalists’ Ordeal
  2. pp. 136-177
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  1. Chapter 5: The Schools and the Sniper
  2. pp. 178-204
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 205-220
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  1. Primary Sources
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. Bibliographical Essay
  2. pp. 225-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-243
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