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Death Makes the NewsHow the Media Censor and Display the Dead$
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Jessica M. Fishman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770757

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770757.001.0001

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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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