Media watchdog to talk at UMBC

March 12, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

Paul Klite, a Denver-based watchdog whose Rocky Mountain Media Watch has taken television news to task for emphasizing violent crime in its broadcasts, will be speaking at UMBC tonight.

Klite's study, "Pavlov's TV Dogs," monitored 100 local news broadcasts airing one night in September 1995. On average, the study found that actual news makes up only 40 percent of the average newscast, and 42 percent of that was devoted to stories involving either crime or disaster.

Of the stations monitored, Baltimore's WBAL, Channel 11, ranked eighth-worst, with two-thirds of its news hole devoted to such stories of "mayhem." Channel 11 was the only local station included in the study.

Klite's lecture is at 7: 30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 5 of UMBC's engineering building. Admission is free. Call 455-1000.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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