When tragedy strikes, the news cameras draw close, provoking descriptions of them as vultures descending on the carcass of misfortune. But despite these complaints, news images are actually extremely unlikely to depict death. Meanwhile, writers pepper their story copy with explicit descriptions of death, using gory details. New formulas are needed to predict which images are considered “newsworthy” and to understand the role of images.
Keywords: news camera, misfortune, gore, newsworthy, images