Newspapers love tales of fatal illnesses, disfiguring accidents

American Journalism Review
“The drama underlying these anguishing accounts has led to the creation of a subgenre of narrative journalism that often vies with hard news for A1 recognition in the country’s most prestigious newspapers,” writes Stephanie Shapiro. Media analyst Matthew T. Felling sees a “weep creep” from television to print. The “sob stories that have become standard fare in the electronic media and People magazine knockoff shows have conditioned news consumers to look for them in every news product,” he says.

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