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Oakland Tribune Story on Disparity in Coverage of Murder Cases Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

December 17, 2007

Jeff McCall 2006.jpgDecember 17, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "There are probably more dramatic elements in the one case than the other," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells the Oakland Tribune. Dr. McCall is quoted in a story that examines why one Bay Area murder case is receiving national media attention while another has barely been covered at all even locally. "They choose cases they think the audience can gawk at," the professor tells the newspaper.

The article by Paul T. Rosynsky examines the disparity in coverage of the Hans Reiser murder trial -- which has the attention of 20/20 and 48 Hours -- and the case of Eric Mora, which has been followed by only one local media outlet.

The piece also notes that Dr. McCall is the author of Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences.Oakland Tribune.jpg

Access the complete text, "Cases share similarities, not spotlight," at the Tribune's Web site.

Jeff McCall wrote of the ongoing dispute between the NFL Network and Big Ten Network with cable companies in Sunday's Indianapolis Star.

Source: Oakland Tribune