Analysing local newspaper coverage of murders involving street sex workers

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Based on victim hierarchies, news media framing of murdered sex
workers is especially pejorative, often shaped by notions of deviant
feminine sexuality and sex workers’ social and legal marginalisation.
The analysis presented in this article explores these themes by focusing
on five murders involving young women linked to sex work in
a large town in the North of England. It corroborates themes identified
in the previous literature relating to shallow and derogatory
framing, as well as the way women are reclaimed as victims via the
family trope and notions of community. Lastly, the article explores
representational tensions in coverage, between acknowledging victimhood
and victims’ place within their communities, whilst also
continuing to Other victims
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2020

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