Student Madeline MacLean presents research at TEDxMSU

Criminal Justice senior Madeline MacLean presented her research at TEDxMSU in April, 2017. Photo of Madge MacLean

In her research, Madeline sought to understand which mass shootings make it into the national television news, hypothesizing that certain characteristics of mass shootings, such as whether they took place in public, make them more newsworthy than others.

Focusing on all of the mass shootings that took place between 2009 and 2014, she found that the majority of them were not reported in the national television news. She discusses how the characteristics of those mass shootings differ from the ones that do make the national news, and discusses how this skewed picture might impact our perceptions of risk. This research was conducted under the mentorship of Associate Professor April Zeoli.