Use 'America's most wanted' as an example of 'crime in the media' and explain what research methods were used to gain the information and how ...?Use 'America's most wanted' as an example of 'crime...

Use 'America's most wanted' as an example of 'crime in the media' and explain what research methods were used to gain the information and how ...?

Use 'America's most wanted' as an example of 'crime in the media' and explain what research methods were used to gain the information and how these were implemented by the media to communicate information to the public?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

America's Most Wanted has been in the US media for over 20 years. It is an authentic venue of information which was begun by Adam Walsh, whose son was violently kidnapped, raped, and then murdered in the 1980's at a very young age. Walsh's own search for his son's killer made him into a leader to other families whose crime stories grow cold.

The importance of Walsh in the community is that, as a common citizen and not a celebrity, he set out to ask people to act like watchmen and send in tips regarding possible leads that could solve crimes. Their 1-800 Crime Watch is the line that they use to get people's leads. The entire project is lead for the people and by the people.

Walsh basically sold the idea to TV producers on behalf of his foundation, and ever he became very famous after his son's investigation came to an end. Meanwhile, although his own crime story did not get solved, he was helping thousands of people by simply getting the tip from the people affected by crime, reporting it to the police, obtaining a mug shot (if available) and showing it to the world so that people go to the tip line and contribute. The link enclosed can give u more information.