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Death Makes the News: How the Media Censor and Display the Dead

Jessica M. Fishman


Because it is impossible to create an unfiltered mirror to reality, the news media selectively rely on particular pictures and words to shape our understanding of world events. The construction of news is never a random process, and photojournalism is far more than a mechanical undertaking. Because photographs literally craft boundaries, systematically hiding one reality while illuminating another, this book extensively examines how pictures represent tragedy, uncovering surprising editorial forces that persistently structure the way the news media cover death. Some deaths are concealed, while ... More

Keywords: photojournalism, news image, nationalism, death, bearing witness, censorship, privacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780814770757
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica M. Fishman, author
University of Pennsylvania