Mary Bock will present "Face to Face with the Other: Perp Walks and Mug Shots as Journalistic Tropes" on June 4
Mary Bock, who will join the School of Journalism as assistant professor in the fall, will present "Face to Face with the Other: Perp Walks and Mug Shots as Journalistic Tropes."
She will speak about her research on common visual news tropes, such as mug shots and perp walks – when police walk an alleged perpetrator into a courthouse. These news tropes are used to illustrate news stories about crimes and trials.
The George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case provides a recent, salient example of this visual discourse. Bock examines this case and adds it to a larger, ongoing investigation that employs two qualitative methods, textual analysis and ethnography, to examine the way these images are used by the various stakeholders in the news process.
The discursive strategies employed by journalists, and the ethical considerations related to those discursive strategies, are explored. The project points to a need by journalists to carefully consider the effects of their creation of and use of such images.
When: 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 4
Where: LBJ Room (5.160) in the CMA
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