Latoyia Figueroa Update

Not a lot of movement to report this morning; here’™s a few links:

Cops, Media Focus on Missing Mom

There was one piece of the story I heard yesterday – why is it 11 days into the event, and now all of a sudden the full resources of the Philadelphia police homicide division are just being brought [...]

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Not a lot of movement to report this morning; here’™s a few links:

Cops, Media Focus on Missing Mom

There was one piece of the story I heard yesterday – why is it 11 days into the event, and now all of a sudden the full resources of the Philadelphia police homicide division are just being brought into the case? The quote, ‘œit’™s about her pregnancy’ bothered me – this wasn’™t an issue 11 days ago?

And this:

‘œThe general media pattern is when bad things happen to people in bad neighborhoods, it isn’™t news,’ said Felix Gutierrez, a longtime professor at the University of Southern California’™s Annenberg School for Communication.


But ‘œthere is a ripple effect in media. Broadcast follows print. This story has all the elements.’ ‘¦

I don’™t think Professor Gutierrez has been following this case very closely. It was actually the other way around. In a Philly Inquirer article yesterday, the paper (the leading print publication in Philadelphia) admitted they didn’™t run their first story on Latoyia until THURSDAY, a full day after it broke on national broadcast media.

And, here’™s a link to an article out of this morning’™s Philadelphia Inquirer. And Google News hits on ‘œLatoyia Figueroa’ have jumped from 2 (day 8, last Tuesday) to 252 (day 12, today).

More later.

Saturday, July 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

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