Police, media, and the digital age in Australia

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This chapter examines current developments in the relationship between policing institutions and the media. Today’s news cycle is fast-paced and shaped by the demands of both online news distribution and changing journalistic practice. This chapter examines the relationship between contemporary aspects of policing practice such as the rise police media units and crime news. The agenda-setting role provided by this relationship between the police and crime news production is discussed. This chapter further examines the role of emerging digital and online environments and their impact on policing media engagement. Online and social media present policing institutions innovative image-management and public relations opportunities and prospects for police and community engagement. Contemporary technologies also represent new forms of citizen-led police accountability through citizen journalism. Internationally and locally, crowd-sourcing groups such as ‘Copwatch’ utilise technology for ‘sousveillance’. This is in contrast to similar police controlled technologies, such as body cameras, aimed at accountability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian policing
Subtitle of host publicationCritical issues in 21st century police practice
EditorsPhilip Birch, Michael Kennedy, Erin Kruger
Place of PublicationAbingdon, England
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781003028918
ISBN (Print)9780367464660, 9780367464677
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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