World Forensic Festival, Seoul, South Korea, 12 - 18 October 2014, pp.458-459
Evaluation Of Forensic Science And Criminal News Using Budd’s Score Introduction : The evaluation of health news that present in the media was rst done in 1930 using the Budd’s Score in Great Britain. Budd’s Score has been adapted for Turkey. Budd’s Score assessment studies process and evaluate features of the news numerically. This process, which has been carried out for health news before, is being used in the eld of forensic sciences for the rest time. The aim of this study was to assess forensic science news that present in the print media.
Methods : All forensic science news articles from April, 2012, through March, 2014, were collected from corporations who scan the news in the print media all around Turkey, and were scaled using Budd’s Score. Our assessment revealed that the journal with the highest circulation had a circulation gure of 1 080 230. In total, 31 782 printed news articles were evaluated in terms of type, circulation gures, relevance to forensic science news, date of publication, page number, title of article, accordance between title and content, title length, and footprint percentage on the page.
Results : In the evaluation, 91% of the news was related to the field of forensic science; the mean Budd’s Score was 5.06±2.30 (n=28 771). Of the news dealing with forensic science, 31% of the titles were evaluated as “exaggerated”. Discussion : The media holds an important and powerful position in Turkey as it does all around the world. Ethical concerns while reporting the news are essential. Forensic science professionals are sometimes concerned about the potential effects of news articles with respect to justice, just like in their practice of forensic science. Informing the public about current events is one of the most important virtues of democracy. However, public orientation and interruption of judicial processes via the print media are unwanted/ unexpected outcomes. For these purposes, we tried to reveal the current status of Turkish print media in case of incidents dealing with forensic sciences.