New article: Sensationalizing death? Graphic disaster images in the tabloid and broadsheet press

F1_mediumMy new article on the visual coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake in tabloid and broadsheet newspapers in eight Western European and North American countries has been published online by the European Journal of Communication. Here is the abstract:

Debates over the extent of graphic imagery of death in newspapers often suffer from generalized assertions that are based on inadequate or incomplete empirical evidence. Newspapers are believed to display death in very graphic ways, with particularly the tabloid press assumedly leading a race to the bottom. This article reports the results of a study of tabloid and broadsheet images of death from the 2010 Haiti earthquake in eight Western European and North American newspapers. It shows that, far from omnipresent, graphic images of death are relatively rare. While tabloids overall display a larger percentage of graphic images, this was not the case everywhere, with particularly the UK, Canada and the US displaying strong similarities between tabloids and broadsheets. In Austria, Germany, Norway and Switzerland, on the other hand, there were distinct differences between the two types. The article argues that different extents of tabloidization may account for these differences.

The article can be accessed here.

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About folkerhanusch

Dr Folker Hanusch is Professor of Journalism at the University of Vienna, Austria.
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