‘News’ is instantaneous in the information age. Interactive webpages for all forms of mass media and social networking mean that we can all co-produce ‘news’. The lines blur between journalism and ‘opinion’. Child deaths understandably become the focus of enormous public scrutiny. We can all act as judge and jury when we watch live testimony on television and can participate in discussion of child abuse trials via social networking sites. In the case of child homicide, family members and witnesses are subject to media surveillance. In New Zealand as elsewhere a cultural ‘story’ is told about child abuse. Both mainstream journalists and columnists employ race, class and gender stereotyping in discussing child abuse.
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