Crime, Law and Social Change

, Volume 70, Issue 5, pp 603–619 | Cite as

The prominence of fraud in New South Wales metropolitan media reporting

  • Douglas M. C. AllanEmail author
  • Andrew Kelly
  • Antony Stephenson


This study analyses the coverage of six major crime types in two of Australia’s largest newspapers. The study aims to test the prevailing viewpoint that fraud and financial crimes are proportionally underreported in the media. The study considers the cost of fraud and financial crime to society, the choices the media makes when reporting on fraud and financial crime, and the impact of media reporting on public policy and law enforcement. The study challenges prevailing views on the extent of media coverage of fraud, finding that there is significant coverage of fraud in the sampled Australian newspapers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Graduate School of Policing and SecurityCharles Sturt UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.School of Policing StudiesCharles Sturt UniversityGoulburnAustralia
  3. 3.School of Communication and Creative IndustriesCharles Sturt UniversityBathurstAustralia

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