1st Edition

News of Baltimore Race, Rage and the City

Edited By Linda Steiner, Silvio Waisbord Copyright 2017
    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines how the media approached long-standing and long-simmering issues of race, class, violence, and social responsibility in Baltimore during the demonstrations, violence, and public debate in the spring of 2015. Contributors take Baltimore to be an important place, symbol, and marker, though the issues are certainly not unique to Baltimore: they have crucial implications for contemporary journalism in the U.S. These events prompt several questions: How well did journalism do, in Baltimore, nearby and nationally, in explaining the endemic issues besetting Baltimore? What might have been done differently? What is the responsibility of journalists to anticipate and cover these problems? How should they cover social problems in urban areas? What do the answers to such questions suggest about how journalists should in future cover such problems?


    Jane Rhodes

    1. News of Baltimore: Journalism and public expression about a city’s problems

    Linda Steiner and Silvio Waisbord

    Part I. News and the Politics of Place

    2. Renewing the Lease: How News Characterizations of Baltimore Realigned White Reign of US Cities

    Robert Gutsche and Carolina Estrada

    3. Local news framing of Baltimore as a segregated market

    Andrew Rojecki

    4. The sociological eye in the news: Covering West Baltimore in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray

    Silvio Waisbord, Eissa Saeed, and Tina Tucker

    5. Order in Baltimore? On Place-Frames in US Journalism

    Barbie Zelizer

    Part II. Voices, Visibility and the Public Sphere

    6. It’s not a pretty picture’: Visualizing the Baltimore crisis on social media

    Stuart Allan and Lina Dencik

    7. Black agency in the production of counter-narratives of police brutality.

    Ashley Howard

    8. The Black Press and Baltimore: The continuing importance of African American journalism during urban uprisings

    Sarah Jackson

    9. Who Killed Freddie Gray?: The Video that Started It All

    Khadijah Costley White

    Part III. Journalistic Discourse and Criticism

    10. Historical discontinuities in news coverage of the Baltimore 2015 riots and the 1965 Watts riots

    Bonnie Brennen

    11. Journalists as victims and perpetrators of violence

    Matt Carlson

    12. Who speaks for the "real" Baltimore?: How journalists understood their authority and ability to represent "place" during the 2015 unrest

    Katy June-Friesen

    13. "I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray": The Hero Mom on Trial

    Linda Steiner and Carolyn Bro


    Linda Steiner is Professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, USA

    Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, USA