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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 University Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770757.001.0001

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Alarming Images

Alarming Images

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(p.19) 2 Alarming Images
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Death Makes the News
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Jessica M. Fishman

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770757.003.0002

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

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