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Interviewer: James WestInterviewee: Natalie Byfield

Title: Savage Portrayals

Subtitle: Race, Media, & the Central Park Jogger Story

Program: New Books in African American Studies

Channel: New Books Network

Date: October 21, 2016

Duration: 66:07 min.

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Cases: Central Park Jogger Case; Cases: Offenders / Antron McCray, Matias Reyes, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise; Cases: Victims / Trisha Meili; Offenders: Age and Gender / Male Adolescents; Prosecution: Trials / False Confessions, Wrong Convictions; Representations: Press; Types: Gang Rape, Interracial Sexual Abuse


Link: New Books Network (Free Access)


Interviewee: Natalie P. Byfield, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, St. John's UniversityInterviewee's Personal Website,, ResearchGate

Description: »Savage Portrayals: Race, Media, and the Central Park Jogger Story (Temple University Press, 2014) offers a timely reminder of how racial bias and prejudice continue to shape political perspectives and dominant media narratives. Drawing on her unique experience as a journalist covering the case, Natalie Byfield explores the media response to and framing of the Central Park Jogger case which gained national attention during the late 1980s.
Byfield is a cultural sociologist, who has taught in the fields of sociology and media studies. She is an associate professor at St. John’s University in Queens, New York where her research centers on the sociology of knowledge. She examines language, media systems, and methodologies exploring their roles in the production and construction of race/class/gender inequalities. In 1989 she was a member of a reporting team nominated by the Daily News for a Pulitzer Prize relating to the papers coverage of the Central Park Jogger case. Dr. Byfield is also the recipient of a Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University and a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Her current book project is titled Minority Report: Place, Race, and Surveillance in New York City.« (Source: New Books Network)

Publication: Byfield, Natalie. Savage Portrayals: Race, Media, & the Central Park Jogger Story. Philadelphia 2014. – Bibliographica Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States / History of the United States (1980–91) | Rape in the United States: Central Park jogger case | Sex and the law: Gang rape