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Mass Tragedy and the “Newsworthy” Image

Mass Tragedy and the “Newsworthy” Image

(p.173) 11 Mass Tragedy and the “Newsworthy” Image
Death Makes the News
Jessica M. Fishman
NYU Press

According to industry accounts, high death tolls compel the news media to picture death; the “magnitude” of a tragedy is said to demand this kind of frankness. But when this proposition is tested, we find that it fails. Whereas nearly all corpse images of foreign victims do indeed represent a major tragedy, the biggest domestic tragedies win a virtual ban on these images. Only among news coverage of international events does a large death toll foretell the use of corpse images.

Keywords:   tragedy, death tolls, magnitude, ban, victims, corpse, international

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