Applying news values to contemporary events (Part 2)

Chibnall (1977) defines news values as “The criteria of relevance which guide reporters’ choice andnewsvalue construction of newsworthy stories, learnt through a process of informal professional socialisation”. They are values determined by organisational needs that translate into the professional codes used by editors and journalists to guide their assessment of media content – and particular news values directly influence how and why certain types of information are selected and presented as news.

If you’re looking for a recent, very sad, example of personalisation – and the power it can command – look no further than the Syrian Refugee Crisis…

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