Is the Irish media's reportage of gangland crime true to life, despite claims of glorification?

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Hughes, Leah
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BA (Hons) in Journalism
Dublin Business School
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This Final Year Project seeks to answer the research question, “Is the Irish media’s reportage of gangland crime true to life despite claims of glorification?” while also giving an insight into the term ‘gangland crime’ and outlining to role of the media. This will be achieved by conducting an online survey, questionnaires and discussion groups to obtain public attitude and opinion of gangland crime in Ireland, and of the way in which the Irish media report on the topic. A crucial part of the research process will be to question and discuss the methods of the journalist; from those who are investigating, researching and presenting the stories. The reading material sourced throughout the research process included both media related and academic sources. Both of which played an equal role in determining the concluding thoughts. The concluding argument will be based on gathering the opinion, knowledge and attitude from over two hundred people. From those totally unaware of what is involved, to those who are living with the activities of gangs in their everyday lives. The results of the research shows that although the way in which the Irish media report on gangland crime may not be deemed always acceptable, their facts, their determination and their courage in reporting in the interest of the public, justifies the lesser elements of glorification. They report the facts regardless of how well, or badly those facts are received by their audiences and despite constant ridicule of sensationalising and glorifying the topic of gangland crime, they continue to report for the best interest of the public.