n Media Tenor SA Research Journal - 'Bad news' still selling well in the new South Africa : long-term analysis of general media coverage in SA media : February 2000 - February 2003

Volume 4, Issue 3
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Extracted from text ... The concept of 'good news' seems far fetched and ludicrous in an age where 'blood guts and gore reporting' generates headlines. Newspapers choose to steer clear of what can be dubbed developmental news, instead opting for the more sensational. And no wonder. 'Good news' just doesn't seem to sell. Open any newspaper and the headlines will inevitably make any reasonable person cringe - but still we read on. People tend to filter out good news - it is too slow and just not memorable enough. But does this innate craving for the sensational 'bad news' contribute in any way to ..

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