Handle with Care: How Exemplars Affect the Perceived Appeal and Informativeness of News Stories

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Journalists often include exemplars in their reporting to produce news that is perceived as appealing and informative. In this paper, we ask the question whether the audience perceives news with ordinary citizens as exemplars as more appealing and informative, as argued by the journalists. Relying on two survey experiments based on samples representative of the adult Danish population, we show that news stories with exemplars are perceived as more appealing, but we also see a tendency toward lower levels of perceived informativeness. In addition, we also document that effects of exemplars depend on the characteristics of the exemplars, and the characteristics of the news audience. In a concluding section, we discuss the implications of our findings for journalism practice and future research.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournalism Studies
Vol/bind21
Udgave nummer8
Sider (fra-til)1146-1165
ISSN1461-670X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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