A yearly study of Louisville TV stations by students at a local High school found local Louisville TV stations spent more time reporting on crime than any other story.
For the study, journalism students at the duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY, watched twenty hours of WAVE (NBC) WHAS (ABC), WLKY (CBS) and WDRB (FOX) and also read the “A” section of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Then they wrote down what stories they saw and tabulated the results.
The study found 40.5% of the reporting was on crime. Social issues and human interest came in second, taking up 18.5% of the reporting.
The station leading the crime reporting was WLKY which devoted 52% of its time to crime, up from 37% a year ago. By comparison, runner-up WHAS reported crime 49% of the time compared to last place finisher WDRB which reported on crime 31% of the time. Read more