Explain the strengths and weaknesses of using 'Participant and non participant observations' as a way of investigating crime by the media? 'ONE' paragraph for strengths, and 'ONE' paragraph for weaknesses, please.

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Using participant and non participant observations is a strong investigative tool because it gives the reporter access to a primary source that can provide insight and depth to the information. It is also a strong strategy because the information comes straight from the individual who took active part in a...

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Using participant and non participant observations is a strong investigative tool because it gives the reporter access to a primary source that can provide insight and depth to the information. It is also a strong strategy because the information comes straight from the individual who took active part in a phenomenon, hence making it quite reliable.

The weaknesses that come from using this method, however, lay precisely on the sources: The media can only assume that the participants are re-telling the information objectively and without embellishment. If this is not the case, then the reporter would have to yet verify once more the information against other primary sources, and perhaps even get more secondary sources involved, making this a very tedious and unreliable strategy.

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